Head of School Kirk Duncan

Kirk is from Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Occidental College with a BA in History and from USC where he earned an MS in International Education Administration. Kirk worked at Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood from 1985 until 2003. He served as a history teacher in grades 7-12, athletic director, grade 10 dean, dean of faculty, and associate head of school.

Kirk became head of school of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Georgia in 2003. He led the school through an $18 million capital campaign to build athletic fields, a new middle school, and a new gymnasium. The school initiated what at the time was the most extensive laptop program in independent schools in the nation. The school also received a grant from the E. E. Ford Foundation to create a high school Global Citizenship program.

In 2011 Kirk was named head of school at Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, Maryland. During his three-year headship, the school successfully launched and completed major facilities, strategic planning, and program initiatives.

On July 1, 2014, Kirk began his duties as the head of school at Carolina Day School. Since then, the school has completed a strategic planning process, a $5 million capital campaign, the construction of a new library and reception wing, and a renovation of the Lower School.

Kirk serves on the board of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). He also served for seven years on the board of trustees of the National Association of Episcopal Schools. He has two children who live in Los Angeles. Emily Petrick is 31 years old and a graduate of The Galloway School in Atlanta. Tyler is 22 years old and a graduate of New Roads School in Santa Monica. Kirk is married to the Reverend Sarah Wood, a chaplain at Mission Hospital in Asheville.

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