J. ROSS MCALPINE, PRINCIPAL
Mr. Ross McAlpine was born and raised near
Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from
high school, Mr. McAlpine attended Michigan State University where he earned
his B.S. in Chemistry in 1989. He began
working in the quality-control lab at a local manufacturing plant for a
then-Fortune 500 company. In 1991, Mr.
McAlpine got the teaching bug and enrolled at Michigan State a second time to
complete the requirements for a teaching certificate. He was hired by Spring Branch ISD in 1993 and
taught high school chemistry for nine years.
While there, he engaged in campus leadership opportunities, such as
volunteering for the site-based-decision-making team and the campus
professional development team. It was a
natural decision to again return to school and, in 2002, Mr. McAlpine earned
his M. Ed. in Administration from the University of Houston. He immediately began working in Houston ISD
as a Dean of Students at Westside High School.
After four years, Mr. McAlpine’s career took a turn to the west when he
moved to El Paso to work at the central administration office and eventually as
a middle school principal in El Paso ISD.
In 2013, Mr. McAlpine returned to Houston when he was named as Principal
at Barbara Jordan High School for Careers.
This was an exciting opportunity as the school was part of Houston ISD’s
2012 Bond Program and a new school was scheduled to be built. In late 2018 or early 2019, a new Barbara
Jordan Career Center will open and support students from nine local high schools.
We strive for Excellence, as it is an Honor to be Team Jordan.