Superintendents of Duluth Public Schools, 1870 to 2020

As the search continues for a new superintendent of Duluth Public Schools, we present here a look back at those who have held the Independent School District #709 post throughout the past 150 years.

Perfect Duluth Day’s image library is pretty thin in the area of superintendents, so please help us out if you can locate head shots we are missing. Also, some dates below are specific and some are vague, and some names appear as initials only, so enlightenment with any of that would also be helpful to improve the list. Email paul @

William Gronseth (Dec. 19, 2011 to June 30, 2020)
I.V. Foster, Jr. (July 1, 2011 to Dec. 19, 2011)
Keith Dixon (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2011)
Julio Almanza (July 1, 1998 to June 30, 2005)
Mark Myles (Dec. 1994 to June 30, 1998)
Mary Stafford (August 1994 to November 1994, administrative liaison to the school board)
Reginald S. Nolan (July 1, 1992 to July 1994)
David Frye (March 1992 to June 1992)
Mae Gaskins (March 1992 to June 30, 1992 – vice president of Education Alternatives, Inc.)
Charles G. Anderson (January 1991 to March 31, 1992)
Elliott Moeser (August 1987 to June 1990)

Richard B. Pearson (July 1972 to July 1986)
Donald H. Peckenpaugh (July 1969 to July 1972)
Dr. L. V. Rasmussen (September 1962 to July 1969)
Alvin T. Stolen (July 1944 to August 1962)
Dr. H. H. Eelkema (August 1936 to June 1944)

Leonard Young (November 1923 to August 1936)

Jerome H. Bentley (August 1921 to October 1923)
R. A. Kent (August 1920 to August 1921)

Dr. Kremer J. Hoke (October 1916 to July 31, 1920)

Robert E. Denfeld (August 1885 to August 1916)
Mr. Stulz (August 1884 to July 1885)
William West (September 1881 to August 1884)
W. R. Clark (September 1880 to June 1881)
John H. Philip (June 1880 to August 1880)
George Rupley (August 1879 to May 1880)
George Berry (September 1877 to July 1879)
W. H. Hatch (January 1872 to August 1877
D. R. Hayes (June 1870 to December 1871)

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