D205 Appoints New Principal for York High School
Beverly Redmond

The Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Shahe Bagdasarian as the new principal of York High School. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2020.

Dr. Shahe Bagdasarian returns to Elmhurst D205 from Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL where he currently serves as principal. He began his career as a special education teacher and football coach at Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park, IL as well as a special education teacher and case manager at York High School. Dr. Bagdasarian went on to become dean of students at York before his career took him to Glenbard East H.S., where he served as both assistant principal for student services and then assistant principal for instruction until assuming the principalship in 2015.

In addition, Shahe holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education from the State of New York – College of Buffalo and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He will graduate with his doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from the Urbana-Champaign campus this May.

Dr. Bagdasarian will focus on supporting students academically and social emotionally in order to maximize learning and strengthening the communication and collaboration with D205 middle schools to best prepare and meet the needs of students as they transition to high school.

“He has a proven track record of improving student performance and ensuring that individual departments achieve goals for student growth that are consistent with school and district priorities. This has included an intense focus on ensuring consistency in assessment practices in line with current research,” D205 Superintendent Dr. David Moyer said.

“He also led a focus on equity that has increased access to rigorous curriculum and other school opportunities for all students and implemented the supports necessary to ensure that all students learn and grow.  Part of his approach was intentional articulation of school improvement planning with feeder middle schools, which will translate well to District 205. His talents and experiences are a perfect fit for York at this time. I look forward to beginning our working relationship," Dr. Moyer added.

Of his return, Dr. Bagdasarian shared his excitement to lead York High School for this next generation of learners:

“It is an honor to return to District 205 as the Principal of York High School and serve the Elmhurst community. York Community High School has a strong tradition of academic, athletic and extracurricular excellence.”