Principal of the Year

Honoring outstanding principals

The NASSP National Principal of the Year program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

New this year! Through the generous support of Jostens, State Principals of the Year will get access to the McKinsey Management Program for School Leaders (MMPSL), a dynamic and highly interactive online leadership training program. State winners will receive the initial course and the national winner will receive the full MMPSL Executive Leadership Development Program.

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select one middle level or high school principal to represent their state.

From these state winners, three finalists are named as contenders for the National Principal of the Year award. The NASSP National Principal of the Year is selected from among the finalists.

NASSP honors all State Principals of the Year at the Principal’s Institute held each year in Washington, D.C. The Institute not only salutes the principalship but also provides a forum for honorees to advocate for education and share best practices and expertise.

For more information or questions about the NASSP National Principal of the Year Program, contact or 800-253-7746 x267.