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Dave Jackson named MHS interim principal

Pictured is newly appointed Malibu High School Interim Principal Dave Jackson. Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Chris Bashaw, Assistant Editor
4:00 pm PDT July 21, 2014

Malibu High School has a new interim principal.

Members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education unanimously approved on Wednesday, July 16, Dave Jackson, an experienced public school administrator, as Malibu High School’s interim principal.

Jackson comes on board approximately one month following the departure of former Malibu High School principal Jerry Block, who announced his resignation in late May.

“I’m really excited to be at Malibu High School as a principal with what I understand to be a wonderful staff and great kids, and a very educated and important community,” Jackson said at the SMMUSD meeting, accepting the position. “I look forward to hitting the job running [and] I hope I can bring everything we need and have Malibu High continue to move forward.”

SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon said she and the other District officials – including an interview panel consisting of parents, administrators and teachers – were looking for was a candidate who “can really provide some solid leadership,” adding that she hoped that candidate would have prior principal experience.

Despite resulting in a “good pool of candidates,” the end-of-the-year search for an interim principal “wasn’t the best timing” as many potential candidates had already accepted other positions. 

Lyon said Jackson’s references painted him in a positive light.

“Dave Jackson’s name came up many times,” Lyon said. “I checked his references and everyone said that if we could get him for a year, we would be lucky and he would leave the place better than when he found.”

Jackson comes to Malibu High School with teaching and administrative experience in secondary and post-secondary education.

In 2007, after serving as principal of Calabasas High School for two years – where under his leadership the school earned a National Blue Ribbon Award as well as a coveted six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) – Jackson temporarily retired from education.

He has previously served as an assistant principal and principal at other schools in the Greater Los Angeles Area, including Agoura High School and Royal High School.

For a decade, Jackson also worked in the private sector as vice president of Sport-Fun Inc., where he oversaw departments such as human resources, risk management, customer service, contracts, and has also served as expert witness in educational issues.

Jackson has also taught business law and advanced accounting at both high school and college levels.