SRVUSD Superintendent John Malloy confirmed Ball’s hiring in a statement to the Cal High community later Thursday.
“Mr. Ball is an accomplished leader and community builder. He is adept at building relationships focused on creating a safe and welcoming school environment where all students can reach their full potential,” Malloy said.
“I’m confident you’ll be in excellent hands with him as your new manager,” the superintendent added.
Ball has been principal of Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon since the start of the 2019-20 school year. He joined SRVUSD in 2017 as an assistant principal at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon.
His prior teaching career includes time as vice principal of school at Vincent Academy in Oakland and as a social studies teacher in Maryland and before that in Tracy.
Before entering teaching, Ball served in the military and led deployments to Iraq and Kuwait as a field artillery captain. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Human and Regional Geography
He also holds a master’s degree in education in secondary education from the University of Phoenix and received his certification in administration from Coppin State University. He is currently working on a doctorate in instructional design and technology at Liberty University.
“He is excited about the upcoming school year and looks forward to working with the incredible staff at Cal High as well as parent/guardian leaders to ensure all students have a great school year. Mr. Ball is thrilled to become a Grizzly and honored to have been selected to lead such an incredible school and community,” said Malloy.
Ball lives in San Ramon with his wife and four children, who attend Iron Horse Middle and Twin Creeks Elementary Schools in the district.
Ball becomes Cal High’s fourth principal in the past eight years. After Mark Corti’s 15-year primary tenure until June 2014, Cal High was led by Sarah (Wondolowski) Cranford from July 2014 to September 2018, Chris George from September 2018 to June 2019, and Keefer from July 2019 until last month. .
The district has yet to confirm the timeline for hiring a new manager at Iron Horse.