William Griffin

Former Principal, John Hancock Demonstration Schools (Retired)
School District of Philadelphia
2016 Neubauer Fellow
Grade Level
K - 8th
Student Enrollment
School/Org Neighborhood
Northeast Philadelphia
M.S. Educational Administration, Administration Certification, Gwynedd Mercy University
B.A. Education, LaSalle University
“I serve as a principal because I want all of our students to reach their full potential and be prepared for the 21st Century in a fun, productive and safe school.”

Now retired, William served as the principal of John Hancock Demonstration School from 2006. to 2022. Under his leadership, John Hancock Demonstration School was recognized as a Pennsylvania Department of Education High Progress School.

William has been an educator since 1987. Prior to his role at John Hancock Demonstration School, William served as principal at Kennedy Crossan Elementary School (2003 – 2006). In addition, William has been a Special Education Case Manager and Department Chairman, and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) Building Representative. Further, in his role as Data/Technology Manager for the School District of Philadelphia Intermediate Unit, he developed the Philadelphia version of EasyIEP and EasyTRAC. William grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Northeast Catholic School for Boys.