York Comprehensive grad named school’s new principal

news@enquirerherald.comJune 18, 2013 

— York Comprehensive High School will be led by one of its own next year.

Christopher Black — a York Comprehensive High School assistant principal who graduated from the school in 1993 — has been promoted to principal, replacing retiring principal Diane Howell.

“I’m proud of what (the school) is,” Black said last week, after the York school board approved his appointment to the job. “I hope you will be proud of what it becomes in the next few years.”

As an assistant principal at the school, Black was responsible for coordinating the activities of ninth-grade students. Before moving to the high school, he served as an assistant principal at the former York Junior High School.

Black, a York native, has experience with York schools as a teacher, administrator and student. He was a student in Howell’s food and nutrition classes during her days of teaching at the Floyd D. Johnson Technology Center.

He later started his career at the high school, teaching math.

Black, a graduate of Clemson University, received a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with a concentration in mathematics in 1997. After earning his undergraduate degree, he earned a Master of Science from the U.S. Sports Academy and a master’s degree of secondary administration from the University of South Carolina.

He also has coached football, basketball, tennis and golf teams during the years.

Black is married to Christal and they have two daughters, Avery and Addison.

Howell, who will retire at the end of this month, announced her retirement in April after 11 years at the helm of the school of some 1,400 students. She has served as principal since 2002.

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