Palm Beach Day Academy parents and members of the community attended a cocktail reception at the school’s Upper Campus to welcome Billy Peebles, incoming Interim Head of School. Peebles starts his new role at Florida’s first independent school in August. He has already traveled to the area several times, and will continue to do so, to meet with students, parents, faculty, alumni and members of the community in advance of his official start date.
“The Palm Beach Day Academy community is delighted to welcome Billy Peebles as the Interim Head of School for the 2018-2019 academic year,” said Lourdes Fanjul, Board Chairman for Palm Beach Day Academy. “Billy is completing a distinguished 15-year tenure as Headmaster of the Lovett School, a K-12 school in Atlanta, Georgia. Lovett is one of the largest independent schools in the country and Billy is one of the most respected and recognized independent school leaders in the nation. He brings 37 years of exceptional experience to Palm Beach Day Academy and we look forward to having him in August.”
Peebles started his career in independent education as a young teacher and administrator at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his school leadership career as Headmaster of the Powhatan School, a K-8 independent school in Boyce, Virginia. He then served as Headmaster of the Asheville School in North Carolina, before joining Lovett.
Peebles holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University where he was captain of the Princeton Rugby Team for two years. He completed his Master of Business Administration at the Darden School of the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Episcopal High School where he was Head Monitor and where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. His other professional associations include the Board of Trustees membership for the Virginia Episcopal School, St. Catherine’s School and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, to name a few.
Peebles has been married to his wife Penny for nearly 34 years and has an adult daughter, Sara.
Striving always for the highest academic excellence, Palm Beach Day Academy has grown from a cottage colony school started in 1921 into an innovative, top-ranked day school serving nearly 500 students from the greater Palm Beach area. The educational program, for age 2 through grade 9, exemplifies the school’s vision to provide exceptional opportunities for academic development, intellectual growth, artistic and physical self-fulfillment, and moral awareness.
Palm Beach Day Academy is located on two campuses 1.3 miles apart in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach. For more information on Palm Beach Day Academy, please visitpbday.org or call 561.655.1188.