Royal Palm Beach High School Principal Dr. Jesús Armas has been named the central region principal of the year.
Armas now becomes a finalist for the School District of Palm Beach County’s principal of the year award, which will be announced on Jan. 28, 2020 at Manatee Lagoon.
Currently in his 33rd year in education and his 14th year as a principal, Armas has led Royal Palm Beach High School for the past 10 years, making him the longest-tenured principal in the history of the school.
In this time, Armas has helped Royal Palm Beach High School become an IB World School and has introduced several programs and academies, including STEM, Computer Gaming, AICE, AVID and Navy JROTC.
Armas has led the school through a cultural and systemic change that has helped produce, among other things, the school’s only consecutive B ratings, the designation of “Happiest High School” and the school’s highest graduation rate of 93 percent.
“While I am very grateful for the honor, a principal is only as good as the faculty and staff at the school,” Armas said. “This honor is a reflection of the outstanding professionals who work at Royal Palm Beach High School. We have a staff that is committed to our vision of meeting the holistic needs of all our students. I am so proud of all Royal Palm Beach High School stakeholders, and I am glad that their greatness makes me look good.”
Royal Palm Beach High School is also home to the current Palm Beach County School District Teacher of the Year Daniella Boyd and the Palm Beach County School Board Student Government Representative Jaden Manuel.