John Muir High School principal Tim Sippel was named principal of the year at Pasadena Unified’s annual staff Welcome Back event August 12 at Pasadena High School.
Sippel was named principal of John Muir High School in 2012 and was previously the school’s assistant principal, when he helped lead the school’s reinvention in 2007. He also served as director of the district’s College & Career Pathways.
Under Sippel’s leadership, John Muir High School students earned admission to UCLA at a higher rate than other high schools in the region. Muir graduates have won prestigious academic honors, and have been admitted to elite universities.
A partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers resulted in the reconstruction of the school’s baseball field, now named Stadium 42 in honor of legendary baseball player and Muir alumni Jackie Robinson.
Thriving John Muir High School academies focus on engineering and environmental science, business and entrepreneurship, and arts, entertainment, and media are delivering graduates who are pursuing college studies and careers in physics, marine science, and economics.
Sippel joined PUSD as assistant principal and dean of students at Blair High School in 2005. Previously, he was coordinator of English Learner programs at the Foshay Learning Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He began his career through Teach for America in LAUSD in 1991. Sippel has a Bachelor of Science Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Education from UCLA and has completed requirements for the California Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential at the California School Leadership Academy.