May 6, 2015 at 2:21 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Montgomery County school hires ousted gay principal
Pete Cahall, gay news, Washington Blade

Pete Cahall(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Pete Cahall, the gay principal of D.C.’s Wilson High School who abruptly resigned in December after being told his contract would not be renewed, has been named as the new principal of the Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Montgomery County.

The Washington Post reported that the Montgomery County Board of Education voted unanimously on April 27 to appoint Cahall as principal of Edison, the county’s only stand-alone career and technical school.

Cahall became a nationally recognized figure last spring when he came out as gay at an LGBT Pride Day event held at Wilson High. The event, which was open to the public and the news media, was attended by then-D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who congratulated Cahall for coming out.

In an emotional speech, he told cheering students, teachers and fellow administrators that he was tired of concealing his true identity and decided it was time to be open with his school community.

But six months later, Cahall disclosed to the D.C. City Council that he was informed by a public school system official that his contract for the following year would not be renewed because student test scores were not as high as they should be. Rather than continue in his job until his current contract expired at the end of the school year in June 2015, Cahall resigned in December.

Cahall served as principal at two Montgomery County schools before beginning his job at Wilson High in D.C. in 2008.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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