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Principal named for new Lexington high school

Lester Diaz
Lester Diaz

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 19, 2016) — Lester Diaz, who has led Lexington’s Bryan Station Middle School since 2012, will be the principal of the city’s new high school currently under construction. The school will be the first new high school in Fayette County in more than 25 years.

Diaz, who has 17 years of experience in education, started his career teaching in Miami. He joined the Fayette County Public Schools in 2004, as a science teacher at Lafayette High School, where he also served as an in-school suspension instructor, dean of students, assistant athletic director and assistant football coach.

Diaz was an assistant principal at Henry Clay High School for three years before accepting the head principal’s post at Bryan Station Middle. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science education from Florida International University, and master’s degrees in Instructional Leadership and sports administration, both from Eastern Kentucky University.

“It is exceedingly rare to have the privilege of opening a new high school and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to join the company of those great leaders who have gone before me,” Diaz said. “While I am thrilled and excited to begin the work of ensuring that Fayette County’s sixth high school opens as one of the top schools in the nation, this is also a bittersweet day for me because this means I have to say good bye to the home and people at Bryan Station Middle School who helped mold and shape me into the leader I am.”