Duluth Public Schools announced Tuesday that Tom Tusken will serve as the next principal at Denfeld High School.
Tusken is a 1990 Denfeld graduate and the fourth alumnus to serve as principal of the high school, according to the Denfeld Alumni Association. Previous alumni who served as principal were Robert VanKleek, Wayne Samskar and Bill Westholm.
According to a news release, Tusken was chosen following a thorough search process with the assistance of Denfeld staff, parents and district administrators. He will start in August.
Tusken's experience includes assistant principal, dean of students, Barr Program coordinator, positive behavior intervention and support team member and a football coach at Denfeld. He also served as a district social studies curriculum specialist and social studies teacher for Denfeld and East high schools.
Tusken holds K-12 administrative certification from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; a master of science in education and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Superior; and a bachelor's degree in teaching secondary social studies and certification in coaching from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Tusken is also a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award for Minnesota.
He is the younger brother of Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken.
Tusken replaces interim Denfeld principal Laurie Knapp, who was hired on a temporary basis after Tonya Sconiers was terminated. Sconiers is suing Duluth Public Schools, Superintendent Bill Gronseth and Assistant Superintendent Jeff Horton claiming a violation of First Amendment rights and discrimination based on race and sex.