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Ralph Saunders

Executive Principal


Graduate of Phoebus High School
Bachelor of Science - St. Paul's College
Master of Education Leadership & Supervision - The George Washington University


Mr. Saunders is a Hampton native and began his teaching experience at Jane H. Bryan Elementary School as a second and third grade teacher. During his time there he was selected Teacher of the Year. He began his experience as an administrator at Bethel High School in 2000 -2006 as an Assistant Principal. He later transitioned to Kraft Elementary as the Principal for six years and was the first recipient of Hampton City Schools' Dove Award. Mr. Saunders has returned as Principal to Bruin Country.

Dorothy Garrity

Principal - Governor's Health Sciences Academy (GHSA)


Graduate of Kecoughtan High School
Bachelor of Arts – Christopher Newport College
Teacher Certification – Old Dominion University
Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision – Old Dominion University


Dorothy Garrity is a Hampton resident and began her teaching experience after working in the business world for a number of years. She began teaching Government at Kecoughtan High, prior to teaching 8th grade Social Studies at Davis Middle. She then returned to Kecoughtan High to teach a variety of Social Studies courses before serving as an Assistant Principal there as well, before taking on the challenge of being a Bruin.




Gregory Hopson, Jr.

Principal - Academy of Law and Public Safety (ALPS)


Bachelor of Science (Mathematics Education) – Florida A & M University

Masters in Education Leadership & Supervision – Old Dominion University

Mr. Hopson began teaching 8th grade mathematics and Algebra I at Syms Middle School. Once he earned his Masters degree, he became an assistant principal at Spratley Middle School, then for two years, he was at Andrews PreK-8 School. From there, Mr. Hopson was excited to return to Bethel. Lebron James said it best .... there’s no place like home! 


James Harris

Principal - Freshman Academy

Graduate of Phoebus High School

Bachelor of Arts- Hampton University

Master of Education- Hampton University

Education Specialist- The George Washington University


Mr. Harris has a passion for education and was given the opportunity to pursue that passion as a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar. Throughout his professional journey, he held teaching roles in Newport News, with Educational Talent Search, and the Breakthrough Collaborative. He came to HCS in 2009, working at Hampton High School, where he taught several social studies courses and in the International Baccalaureate program. While at Hampton High, he served as an instructional leader, classroom management coach, and was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2014.



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Tanya Howard

Principal - Media Arts & Design Academy (MAD)

Principal - Transportation, Analytics, and Logistics Academy (TRAIL)

BS in Business Management - Hampton University

Master of Business Administration - Strayer University

Education Specialist specializing in Educational Leadership and Administration - The George Washington University

Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Policy - The George Washington University


With more than 11 years of educational experience, Ms. Howard has spent the past three years as a Graduation Specialist for HCS at Hampton High.  She previously served one year as a College and Career Coach at Hampton High and seven years as a Business Teacher at Kecoughtan, Hampton, Phoebus and Bridgeport Academy.