Michael Contompasis was appointed superintendent of the Boston Public Schools in October 2006, after having served as the district's first chief operating officer since 1998. Previously, for more than 20 years, Contompasis served as headmaster of Boston Latin School in Boston, the nation's first public school, whose alumni include Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams and Ralph Waldo Emerson. An alumnus himself, Contompasis maintained Boston Latin's long-standing tradition of excellence in education, while at the same time developing new resources through computer technology, a summer orientation program for incoming students and Saturday tutoring sessions. From 1996 to 1998, Contompasis also served as a cluster leader for Boston Public Schools, which included overseeing and mentoring the principals and headmasters of ten K-12 schools in the district. Contompasis began his career in education in 1966 as a biology teacher at East Boston High School, and later taught at Hyde Park High School and Boston Latin School. In 2006 he was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by The Council of the Great City Schools.
1962 Boston University, B.A.