Danny Lee

Dante “Danny” Lee

Dante “Danny” Lee is spending a couple of days this week at George Wythe High School. He is meeting staff and other co-workers before he officially becomes principal on July 31.

“I am very familiar with the school and its outstanding reputation in the community,” Lee said. “I did research on the school before I applied for the job. It will be an honor and a privilege to carry on the tradition Mr. Skeens and Mr. Hensley have founded here.”

For the last nine years, Lee has served as principal at Eastside High School in Wise County. He recently oversaw a $10 million building project at the school.

Under Lee’s leadership, the school was awarded the 2014 Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award. He is also the former assistant principal at Coeburn High School.

He began his career in Wise County at Coeburn Middle School as a special education teacher. Lee has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia at Wise and most recently as chairman of the Virginia High School League Executive Committee.

Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University, a master’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University and an education specialist degree in supervision and administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

Lee resides in Pound with his wife, Lisa, a cosmetologist who owns her own shop; and their 16-year-old daughter. He will move to Wytheville soon. His wife and daughter will remain in Pound.

Former GWHS principal Ricky Skeens will move to the school board office on July 23. He will serve as supervisor of secondary education and operations.

Wayne Quesenberry can be reached at 228-6611 Extension 20 or wquesenberry@wythenews.com.

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