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Principal's Message


Hello Thurgood Marshall Middle School!

I am humbled and honored to be selected as the new Principal of Thurgood Marshall Middle School. As one of the finest and most accomplished middle schools in the county, I look forward to working alongside the staff, students, and community to help make MMS achieve even greater acclaim. Given the current challenges we’re facing fighting COVID-19, that future seems uncertain to many. Our new reality of enacting unprecedented measures in keeping our communities safe has drastically changed how we experience school, work, and home. However, one thing I have learned during my transition to MMS and the San Diego Unified School District, is this school community is up to the challenge of navigating this time and coming out of it stronger, closer and more focused on our cause. As Atul Gawande said:

“Better is possible. It does not take genius. It takes diligence. It takes moral clarity. It takes ingenuity. And above all, it takes a willingness to try.”

The diligence and ingenuity that our school community has demonstrated during this time has proven we have the resolve and the creativity. Most importantly, the moral clarity we hold is professed in the first line of the MMS mission statement, “Our mission is to provide a learning environment that will enable each student to reach his/her potential…” Despite any questions or uncertainty the future might bring, we are committed to using this promise guide future initiatives.

As we embark on this most extraordinary year, I want to thank all of our staff, students, and families for their engagement and patience throughout our opening process. The Mustang staff has listened to our community and is poised to provide clarity, consistency, and connection in the 2020/21 school year. Our teachers and staff have shown tremendous resolve in answering the call of our current reality. Their commitment to our children is second to none and I'm elated to be a part of the Mustang team.

Mustangs, We Got This!

Josh Way, Ed.D