Dr. Smith Welcome Letter

Dear Students, Parents, and Staff,

With great pleasure and enthusiasm, I write this letter to introduce myself as the new Principal of Grandview High School. I am honored to continue serving our amazing school community, stepping into the role of principal at GHS after serving as Principal at Grandview Middle School.

First and foremost, I would like to extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you. As I embark on this journey as the Principal of Grandview High School, I am filled with excitement and anticipation for the incredible experiences that lie ahead. I firmly believe that education is the key to unlocking our true potential, and I am committed to creating a nurturing, inspiring, and inclusive environment for our students to thrive.

Having spent the last four years at GMS, I deeply understand the unique challenges and opportunities that arise during the transition from middle school to high school. I am eager to build upon the solid foundation laid by my predecessor and work collaboratively with our exceptional faculty and staff to foster academic excellence, personal growth, and character development among our students.

At Grandview High School, we are not merely focused on academics, but on the holistic development of each individual. We strive to create a vibrant community where students feel valued, supported, and encouraged to explore their passions and interests. We will continue to provide a rich array of extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports programs that inspire and empower all students to reach their individual potential.

The success we experienced at GMS was due to our understanding that communication and collaboration are integral to the success of any school. I pledge to continue this work here at GHS by having an open-door policy and encouraging open lines of communication among students, parents, and staff. By working together, we can ensure the best possible educational experience for our students.

I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Principal of Grandview High School. I look forward to continuing the relationships I’ve built with many of you, getting to know those I have yet to meet, building meaningful relationships, and working together to create a vibrant and thriving learning community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.

I would like to end with the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” So we will strive daily to encourage all our students to #OwnTomorrow by preparing today!


Dr. VaShawn Smith


#GHSPRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence)