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Head of School Mr. Adrian Allan

Adrian AllanFrom the Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Adrian Grant Allan will serve as Harrisburg Academy's next head of school. We extend an enthusiastic welcome to Mr. Allan as he prepares to join the Academy community on July 1, 2019.

Mr. Allan will follow the dedicated tenure of Dr. Jim Newman, under whose leadership we instituted the robust International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program and a dedicated focus on character education, dynamic classroom experiences, and strong learning outcomes.

Throughout his career, Mr. Allan's engagement in the school communities he served yielded great success, and he comes to the Academy with more than 20 years of exceptional leadership in independent schools. His career spans the globe with teaching appointments in England, Finland, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands, and service as a school administrator in Norway, China, and the United States.

Mr. Allan has shown an impressive record for developing international programs and establishing IB programs within schools. In his position as headmaster at Chatsworth Hills Academy (California), he introduced the IB Primary and Middle Years programs, making it the first PYP IB school in the San Fernando Valley. His prior headship at Le Jardin Academy (Hawaii) not only resulted in establishing the first full IB program in the state of Hawaii, but demonstrated accomplishments in cultivating innovation, increasing enrollment, and securing grants and donations of $40 million for construction of a new Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade campus.

Mr. Allan earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and engineering from Leeds University (UK). He went on to receive a post-graduate degree with a teaching certificate in physics and math from Cambridge University (UK), where he graduated in the top 10 students of his year. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alabama.

I look forward to building on 235 years of academic success and welcoming Mr. Allan to the next great chapter in Harrisburg Academy’s history.


With warm regards, 

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Javier Idrovo

President, Board of Trustees





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