Enumclaw High seeing change at top

EHS Principal Aaron Lee will soon be replaced with athletic director Phil Engebretsen.

Enumclaw High will see a change at the top.

It was announced the afternoon of May 30 that EHS Principal Aaron Lee is leaving for another job. Simultaneously, the school district noted that Phil Engebretsen will take over the school’s top job.

The change in leadership is effective July 1.

Engebretsen has been a part of the Enumclaw High scene since 2003, when he arrived as a teacher and head coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team. In 2013, he joined the EHS administration as a vice principal and athletic director.

Engebretsen began his education career in Alaska and also taught in California before arriving in Enumclaw.

Lee will be moving his family home to the Kitsap Peninsula, where he will take the reins as principal at Kingston Middle School.

“The last two years at Enumclaw High School have taught me a great deal about kindness and courage as they have been demonstrated to me time and again by the EHS community,” Lee said in a statement released by the Enumclaw School District.

Lee began his career in 1995, teaching special education at South Kitsap High School. He moved to the Orting district in 1997, teaching at both the high school and middle school level before transitioning into school and district administration. He was Orting’s executive director for learning and instructional leadership before being tabbed for the Enumclaw High position in 2017.

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