Yusuf Abdullah has been named the principal at Minneapolis’ Patrick Henry High School.
He began his assignment on Aug. 3. Abdullah replaces Latanya Daniels, who accepted the principal position at Richfield High School in June.
“My dream has come true,” said Abdullah. “I’m coming home to family at Henry”
Abdullah said his next dream will be to bring staff, students and their families, and the larger community together to ensure that students at Henry excel in service and scholarship at Henry.
Abdullah returns to Henry after a four year tenure as an assistant principal at nearby Nellie Stone Johnson Elementary, a feeder school for Henry. Prior to that, Abdullah began his educational career at Henry, managing the school’s Career and College Center from August 2006 – November 2009. Abdullah was a student dean at Henry from November, 2009 until his promotion to assistant principal at Nellie Stone Elementary in July, 2011. During his previous assignment at Henry, Abdullah also was an assistant coach on the men’s varsity basketball team and developed a popular tumbling team, the High Flyers.
Abdullah received his Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 1999 and his Masters of Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2007.