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August 12, 2016 -- Six weeks after Santa Monica High School's principal resigned, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board has appointed a replacement.

Antonio M. Shelton, Ed.D. -- who has served as principal of the highly rated Indian Hill High School in Cincinnati, Ohio since 2011 -- will take the helm of the district's largest school after his appointment by the School Board on Wednesday.
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Indian Hill is one of the top-ranked schools in the nation, making Newsweek's list of Top 100 schools in America and earning a gold star ranking by US News and World Report, district officials said in a statement Thursday.

He will replace Eva Mayoral, who resigned effective June 30 after three years on the job ("Santa Monica Schools Lose and Gain a Principal," June 27, 2016).

"I am excited about this new and amazing opportunity to lead Samohi,” Dr. Shelton said in a statement. “It is my hope to entrench myself into the school community and get to know the many students, faculty and parents.

"I am looking forward to continuing the academic success and collaborative spirit that Samohi has experienced," he added.

Shelton began his education career in 1998 teaching honors United States and world history along with government and African American history.

He served as assistant principal at Sycamore High School in Cincinnati from 2004 to 2009 and as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio from 2009 to 2011.

At Indian Hill High School, Dr. Shelton "conducted weekly learning walks, attended school activities throughout the year, implemented student learning objectives, cultivated school community, facilitated professional learning communities and managed the school budget," district officials said.

In addition, he was involved with adopting new technology, with the parent teacher organization and with Project Lead the Way, officials said. He also took part in Advanced Placement opportunities and served on the community college STEM committee.

"Dr. Shelton created student programs that emphasized the importance of diversity within the school culture and worked with teachers on making sure that all students felt valued and appreciated," district officials said.

Dr. Shelton holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hampton University and a Master of Arts in social studies with an emphasis in social studies, psychology, political science and sociology from Ohio State University.

He also holds a Masters of Art in educational administration from the University of Cincinnati and received a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky.

“Dr. Shelton will be a valuable addition to our district leadership team,” Interim Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Kelly said.

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