Ranney's Head of School, Dr. John W. Griffith, joined the community in July 2013. He is the fourth Head of School to oversee Ranney since its establishment in 1960.
Dr. Griffith previously spent eight years as headmaster of Tennessee’s Battle Ground Academy, a co-educational, independent day school in similar size to Ranney. He holds an M.Phil and D.Phil in modern British literature from Lincoln College at the University of Oxford in England, and a master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Columbia University. Dr. Griffith earned his B.A. from Middlebury College.
Dr. Griffith was born in Edison, New Jersey, and grew up in New Hampshire. He is married to Mrs. Dana Griffith; their daughter, Claire, attends Ranney’s Lower School. A lover of literature and a firm believer in staying connected to the classroom, Dr. Griffith regularly teaches Upper School English courses. He also writes poetry, including an annual poem that he delivers to the graduating class at each commencement.
“Ranney reminds me a lot of the school where I grew up, Derryfield, a progressive day school in Manchester, New Hampshire. As a student, I could feel that Derryfield, like Ranney, was a dynamic place,” he said upon joining Ranney School.
“The metrics that were important to me when I looked at Ranney were not enrollment patterns, standardized testing, fundraising measures or the size of the campus. It was more intangible: the opportunity to continue my own growth as a head, to lead a school that shard my values and seemed ambitious to grow and improve, and represented a chance to live with my family in a place that would be a home for all of us.”