Mr. B.T. Drake was appointed as the interim superintendent for Huntsville City Schools on September 15, 2016. A former principal of Virgil I. Grissom High School, Mr. Drake earned a BS degree from Bethel College in 1965, a MA degree from Murray State University in 1968, an Educational Specialist degree from Alabama A&M in 1974, and a Vocational Administrative Endorsement from Auburn University. Tom is involved in both professional and community associations.
During Drake’s forty-eight years in administration, he won city and state PTA Secondary Principal of the Year (1998, 2009), AASSP Middle School Principal of the Year (2000), and AASSP High School Principal of the Year (2010). Under Drake’s leadership, Grissom received the Siemen’s Award, National School of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award, CLAS Banner School Award, and was identified as a top school in the nation according to U.S. News and World Report.