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Meet Our New Head of School


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We are delighted to welcome Travis J. Larrabee as Norfolk Academy's new Head of School, starting July 1, 2023.

Mr. Larrabee joins us from William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, where he has served since 2007, most recently in the role of Assistant Head of School. 

He is the ideal person to lead Norfolk Academy into the future, embracing our Philosophy & Objectives, our Honor System, and our distinctive approach to innovation — “judicious experimentation with the new” — that has kept our school at the forefront, not just in Virginia but nationally as well.

~ Excerpts from a letter from the Search Committee Chair

A Conversation with Mr. Larrabee

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About Mr. Larrabee

Previous Experience 
  • William Penn Charter School: Assistant Head of School, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Upper School Director, Upper School Dean of Students, Social Studies teacher, golf coach 
  • Potomac School: Upper School Dean of Students, Social Studies teacher 
  • Dexter School: Upper Elementary teacher 
  • University of Pennsylvania: University mentor, guest instructor 
  • University of Virginia: Master’s degree in Foreign Affairs 
  • Colby College: Bachelor’s degree in Government and Russian studies 

Travis and Heather Larrabee have three children: Jack, a student at Penn State; Owen ’24; and Anna ’27.

More About Mr. Larrabee

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