Life has come full circle for East Boston’s Phil Brangiforte. It was made official last week that after going through a rigorous vetting process, Brangiforte, who has served as interim East Boston High School Headmaster since Michael Rubin’s retirement last year, will serve as the school’s permanent headmaster.
“I am humbled and honored to have been selected as the next permanent Headmaster of East Boston High School, and I wish to express my deepest gratitude for your tremendous support over the past several months,” said Brangiforte, a 25-year education veteran of the school. “It has truly touched my heart, and this could not have been possible without the dedication and professionalism of each and staff member at the High School. While I was fortunate to have been chosen as headmaster, it is the faculty and staff, who make this the greatest school in Boston.”
Brangiforte grew up on West Eagle Street and attended the O’Donnell School, the former Barnes School and then graduated from East Boston High School in 1986—making him one of the few principals in the Boston Public School system to oversee the school in which they have graduated.
“I often looked out of my bedroom window at the brick facade of East Boston High, yearning to be one of the kids who poured out of the green doors every afternoon, off to football or baseball practice,” he said. “Eventually, I wore the blue and gold with such intense pride that after graduating college, I decided to dedicate my life to the betterment of this school and the surrounding community. That dream was recently fulfilled when I was appointed as headmaster.”
Brangiforte, a longtime Special Education teacher and former head baseball school, takes over the reigns of the school at a time when enrollment consists mostly of students from East Boston.
“About 80 percent of our students live in East Boston,” said Brangiforte. “Because students who live in East Boston are guaranteed a spot at the high school so we are one of the few high schools in the city that is truly a community school.”