Mike Henderson, a former "highly skilled educator" with the Kentucky Department of Education, is the new principal at Lexington's Bryan Station High School.
Henderson was selected by the Bryan Station school-based council to succeed Gladys Peoples, who resigned this spring after six years as principal of the school.
Henderson, 50, takes over his new duties July 1.
"It's an honor to be a part of helping a large number of young people achieve college and career readiness," he said in a prepared statement. "I am very proud to become a Defender."
Henderson is a 27-year education veteran. He taught high school science for 13 years; was associate principal at Franklin County High School; was principal at George Rogers Clark High School in Winchester; and was associate principal at Lafayette High School before joining the state Department of Education's highly skilled educator program, where he helped struggling schools for the past two years.
Henderson has degrees from Berea College and Georgetown College. He and his wife, Beverly, have three children and a grandchild.