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Burbank High gets new principal

Tim Willert

Bruce Osgood, a longtime Burbank resident and former Burbank High

assistant principal, is returning after three years to become the

school’s new principal.


The school board voted unanimously this week to reassign Osgood

from John Muir Middle School, where he has served as principal since


“As a parent and a longtime administrator, Bruce is committed to


improving student learning achievement and supporting staff,” Supt.

Gregory Bowman said. “He’s the best person for the job right now.”

Osgood succeeds Leslie DeRoos, who resigned after receiving one of

nearly 250 preliminary layoff notices issued to teachers, counselors

and other certified employees in March. All but 44 of those notices

have since been rescinded by the school district.

Osgood is expected to bring stability to Burbank High, which has

had six principals in 10 years, Bowman said.


Osgood, whose four children attend Burbank schools, spent 11 years

as an elementary school teacher in the Glendale Unified School

District before becoming Burbank High’s assistant principal in 1996.

The board also voted to reassign Daniel Hacking from assistant

principal at John Muir to interim principal.

“This will be an opportunity for Dan to show his leadership

ability,” said Bowman, who recommended both reassignments.

Hacking, a former John Burroughs High School social studies


teacher, spent four years as a summer school administrator before

being appointed assistant principal at John Muir in 1999.

Osgood and Hacking begin their new assignments July 1, Bowman