DeTommaso Named West Hempstead High School Principal

DeTommaso Named West Hempstead High School Principal photo

James DeTommaso has been named the new principal of West Hempstead High School, effective July 1, following 27 years in the East Rockaway School District.

"I am excited to share my 27 years of experience as an educator with the West Hempstead community,” said Mr. DeTommaso. “It is my goal to provide rich academic opportunities for all students to reach their potential, including extracurricular activities, clubs and social events. I plan on assisting the community to help ‘raise the bar’ so that our student body can continue to compete academically with students on Long Island and across the country."

Mr. DeTommaso’s most recent position was as assistant principal at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School, a role he held since 2001. Concurrently, he was the supervisor of the business education and technology departments and served as summer school principal for eight years. Prior to that, he was the assistant dean of students for six years while also working as a special education teacher.

While at East Rockaway, Mr. DeTommaso served as co-chair of the Prevention Task Force and Restorative Practice committees, in addition to being a member of several progressive committees. He also modified the curriculum for the business and technology departments by introducing college-level courses such as robotics, accounting and AP engineering. Additional responsibilities included all facets of attendance and disciplinary matters, as well as serving as the district’s attendance coordinator. 

Mr. DeTommaso graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. Shortly thereafter, he earned a master’s degree in special education and a professional diploma in education administration from LIU Post.