Omar Crowder

Principal, Northeast High School
School District of Philadelphia
2019 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
9th - 12th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
Rhawnhurst/Northeast Philadelphia
Certificate in School Management & Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Business
Principal Administrative Certification, Philadelphia Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools
M.S. Educational Leadership, West Governors University
Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Secondary Education, B.A. Sociology and Law & Justice, Central Washington University
"I became a principal because I believe that strong public schools are the key to eliminating the opportunity and achievement gaps that exist in our society today."

Omar has served as the principal of Northeast High School since 2018. Under his leadership, Northeast High School was named as a Best High School in Pennsylvania 2019, 2020, and 2021 by U.S. News and World Reports and achieved a 1st Place Student Finisher at the All-State Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences Fair in 2019. The school also earned a 2019 Breakout High School Award for Computer Science from CS4Philly and a 2019 Best in Class Award from the American Red Cross. Northeast High School students are also 2019 Public League Champions in Girls Lacrosse, Football, Wrestling, Cheerleading, and Boys and Girls Track & Field.

Omar has been an educator since 2003. Prior to becoming a principal, Omar served as secondary social studies teacher, dean of students, social studies department chair, small learning community leader, teacher mentor and an assistant principal. Omar received numerous awards such as the Most Data Driven Administrator Award from School District of Philadelphia, the Outstanding Educator of the Year from Meeker Middle School PTSA, Coach of the Year Award for the Seamount League, and the Mount Rainier High School Employee Recognition Award. In 2022, he won a Lindback Award for Distinguished Principals. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Philadelphia Outward Bound School and the Board of Directors for Philadelphia Futures, and he is an honorary committee member for PATH@1919. Omar grew up in Toppenish, WA.