Henderson Bay High names new leader

With Brian Tovey’s appointment, all three principals are PSD alums

Staff writerJuly 2, 2014 

Brian Tovey, right, will take over at Henderson Bay High School. Dave Goodwin, left, will be at Peninsula High School and Tom Leacy will be at Gig Harbor High School.


After Brian Tovey finished his master’s at George Fox University in 1996, he came home to Gig Harbor to earn some extra income.

He ended up staying and teaching.

Tovey, 45, is the new principal at Henderson Bay High School. Most recently, he was an assistant principal at Gig Harbor High School. He said he needed a great opportunity to leave Gig Harbor, and the job at Henderson Bay is exactly that.

“The kids are there because they’re looking for something a little different (than other high schools),” he said.

He’s excited about the small, tight-knit staff as well as the students.

With the former Henderson Bay principal moving to Peninsula High School and Tom Leacy serving as principal at Gig Harbor, Tovey joins two other district alumni.

Even more interesting: None of the principals ended up at the school they graduated from. Goodwin is a Gig Harbor grad and Leacy is a Peninsula grad.

“I’m a Peninsula School District alum, and for me to be able to continue to serve in the district is really, really cool for me,” Tovey said.

Tovey graduated from Peninsula in 1987. He taught social studies there from 1998 to 2009.

He spent five years at Gig Harbor in the role of assistant principal.

“I love it, I love Gig Harbor... I just felt like I was ready for the next step,” he said.

Tovey said he plans to meet with Goodwin and the Henderson Bay staff during the summer so he can get a feel for the school.

The job at Henderson Bay opened up when Dave Goodwin left to be principal at Peninsula, filling a void left by the departure of Tim Winter.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 karen.miller@gateline.com Twitter: @Gateway_Karen

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