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Derby High Principal Resigns After Sparring with School Board

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DERBY, Kan. (KNS/KMUW) – A Kansas principal has resigned after sparring with school board members who challenged his anti-racism efforts at Derby High School. Tim Hamblin, a longtime principal of Derby High School, south of Wichita, announced in an email that he will leave the district at the end of this school year.

About a year ago, Hamblin showed students and teachers a video by Black author Joy DeGruy, in which she talks about being treated differently at a store, and how a relative spoke up for her. A Derby school board member called the video divisive and directed Hamblin to apologize for showing it. That launched a series of actions by the board to oppose efforts focused on diversity and inclusion.

Hamblin has accepted a district-level position with Wichita public schools.