By Max McCullough
Following this year, Mr. Bart Griffith is heading off to Pittsburgh where he will serve as the President of Shady Side Academy, a PK-12 coed day and boarding school. The move was professional, but also personal for Mr. Griffith, an alumni of Shady Side himself. He describes the decision as an important one, saying, “I have the opportunity to steer an institution that changed my life and inspired me to be a teacher in the first place.” Mr. Griffith enjoyed a short but memorable 4 years at Gilman, serving as the Assistant Head of School, teaching English and the humanities, coaching middle school and JV football, and helping to further develop the global travel programs.
Mr. Griffith has also been instrumental in keeping Gilman on the cutting edge of the educational world with Global Online Academy as well as the Mastery Consortium Transcript, which is a concept of an academic transcript without numeric grades. Being a very involved member of the community, he left a lasting mark on Gilman. Mr. Heubeck, the Head of the Upper School, said, “It’s really sad to see him leave, as we’ll miss his enthusiasm and professionalism. It feels like he’s been here way longer than 4 years.”
In addition to his administrative position, Mr. Griffith was also a well-regarded teacher. His students described him as highly engaging, while also encouraging self reliance. Charlie East (‘19), a member of his healthcare literature class, said, “He lets his students be really independent, which is an important skill for college.”
Though Mr. Griffith looks forward to a successful future, he is certainly sad to be leaving. “Gilman has felt like home for me and my family from the day we arrived on campus. I have developed important relationships with colleagues and students that have been transformative for me both personally and professionally. I am forever grateful!” Mr. Griffith’s son Cannon (‘30) will be departing as well, but it was made clear that he “will forever be a Hound.” Gilman thanks you Mr. Griffith, and we wish you the best of luck at Shady Side!