Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Andre M. Dukes, a Kingstree native, is the new principal of St. John’s High School. The Charleston County School Board of Trustees approved Super-intendent McGinley’s recommendation to appoint Andre M. Dukes as St. John’s High newest principal.
Dukes is the 2014 South Carolina Assistant Principal of the Year, 2014 Charleston Southern University Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and 2014 Westie Award Winner (Charleston’s Most Influential People).
The search committee selected Dukes as the finalist for the position from a strong applicant pool.
Dukes, who is in his 12th year as an educator, saw first-hand what it took to turn a struggling school around during his tenure as associate principal for curriculum and instruction at St. John’s High School from 2010-2013.
In 2013, Dukes helped take St. John’s High School from an “At Risk” school to a “Good” school. In 2013, St. John’s High was recognized as a Palmetto Gold recipient for superior academic performance. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Charleston Southern University.
Dukes is currently working on his doctoral dissertation in curriculum, instruction and assessment from the University of South Carolina. Dukes has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, associate principal and assistant principal in Berkeley and Charleston County School District.
Dukes is the eldest grandchild of James J. and Elmira Dukes and the son of Joann Dukes Graham and Chuck Graham of Kingstree.
Dukes is a 1997 graduate of Kingstree Senior High School.