Dr. Michael Newman


It is a great honor to begin my 21st year in education as the Principal of duPont Manual High School. It is one year ago today that I left my previous position, the Principal of Western High School Early College and Academies of Louisville, to serve our Commonwealth as the Commissioner of Professional Licensing. While I am grateful for the experience it afforded me, my passion for education brought me back to JCPS and to Manual High School. I will officially begin my new role on February 22, 2021.

My education experience includes working in the high school setting for 20 years. I have served in multiple schools representing various ranges of diversity as well as serving in both rural and urban settings. In each school, I have learned much about my students and their needs. I look forward to bringing my experience, energy, and passion to this position.

Please know, I am a father and husband. My oldest attends Manual and is in the HSU program, and my twins are currently attending Meyzeek Middle School. My wife, Sienna Newman, is the incoming president of the 15th District PTA. Together, we are truly committed to living out our passion for education.

As I begin my leadership at Manual, I want to acknowledge and thank Principal Farmer for his service to Manual. As we now start to look forward, I plan to begin my work focusing on the safe return to in person classes and the evaluation of the immediate needs this pandemic has created for our students. I will also begin to increase communication from the principal’s office to ensure you are aware of our return to school plans and critical announcements to close the year successfully. Additionally, my vision for Manual includes focusing on unity within the building, ensuring equity and diversity throughout our programming, and continuing to improve the student experience. I will work hard to ensure everyone knows our goals, is appreciated for their uniqueness, and understands they have a voice in the process.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to lead our school. I will ensure my passion of empowering students and the school community to be models of growth and leadership is seen daily. Together we will work hard to maintain Manual as an exemplary school and continue to provide the best learning experiences in the state. Our work will continue Manual’s great history of Excellence, Diversity, and Tradition.


Michael S. Newman, Ed.D.