School Board Names New Principal of Osbourn High School
Updated: Please note the press announcment has been updated to reflect that Mr. Gabalski has lived in the Manassas area since 2001 and the City of Manassas since 2004.
June 27, 2017…The School Board of the City of Manassas has named Joseph Gabalski as the new principal of Osbourn High School. The appointment was made during the School Board’s regular meeting on June 27th.
Gabalski has served as an assistant principal for Loudoun County Public Schools since 2007; first at Stone Bridge High School for seven years and at Freedom High School for three years. In addition to his time in Loudoun County, Gabalski also completed his administrative internship and served as an International Baccalaureate (IB) music and theater teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School in Prince William County from 2001-2006.
“Mr. Gabalski has had impressive experiences that focus on developing strategies to drive student achievement, staff accountability, and the overall success of the high school environment," said Catherine Magouyrk, Superintendent of Schools. “His educational background will be a tremendous asset to Osbourn High School and our community.”
Development of student leaders is dear to Gabalski’s heart and he hopes to continue that passion at Osbourn. He had the opportunity to work closely with the Virginia High School League’s Leadership Conference, an event that brought over 1,000 student leaders and advisors together to foster their leadership skills. Additionally, he believes that facilitating 9th grade students successful transition into high school is necessary to ensure their future success. “I am looking forward to working with students and staff in these areas to further support student achievement at Osbourn,” Gabalski said. “Building a school culture that seeks to impact students in a positive manner is equally important.”
A native of New York, Gabalski has lived in the Manassas area since 2001 and the City of Manassas since 2004 and enjoys its culture. “My two daughters attend Manassas City Public Schools so I have seen the good work that has been done here,” he said. “I welcome this opportunity to be a part of the leadership team that continues to move the schools forward in a positive way where student learning and success are the goals.”
Gabalski will begin his new assignment on July 3rd. Osbourn will host a welcome reception for the new principal prior to the start of school.
Gabalski holds bachelor’s degrees in legal studies and organ performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, advanced certification in music education from Roberts Wesleyan College and educational leadership certification from George Mason University.
Osbourn is Manassas City Public Schools’ only high school and serves approximately 2,200 students in grades nine through twelve.