New Interim Headmaster Named At Boston Latin School

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Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang named Michael Contompasis interim headmaster at Boston Latin School Tuesday. It's a post he's held before — he served as the school's headmaster for 22 years from 1976 to 1998. He is also the former chief operating officer and superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

"Since I've been the mayor of the city of Boston, he has been on my speed dial on a lot of different situations," Mayor Marty Walsh said. "Helping us navigate through the school department on some of the big decisions we've had."

The exam school's previous headmaster, Lynne Mooney-Teta, announced her resignation last week amid a federal probe into alleged racial incidents at the school.

Walsh made clear Contompasis is not interested in being the next permanent headmaster, but will serve in the position for the next year.

We requested an interview with Contompasis, but Boston Public Schools said he'd be unable to join the show. However, this past March, we spoke with him in one of the longest and most in-depth broadcast interviews he's given on race and Boston Public Schools. This was prior to the recent resignations of Latin School's top two administrators.


Michael Contompasis, former headmaster at Boston Latin School for 22 years, from 1976 — not long after the court-ordered desegregation of Boston schools — to 1998. He was superintendent for two years after that.

Michael Curry, president of the Boston branch of the NAACP, which tweets @BostonNAACP1911.

This segment aired on June 28, 2016.



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