David Long joined the Collegiate faculty in 2008 as the Upper School Dean of Students and as a history teacher. Prior to Collegiate, David served at Sewickley Academy, a JK-12 private independent day school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his ten year tenure at Sewickley Academy, David taught history courses, coached soccer, swimming, and track, coordinated the Senior Project, and was a ninth and tenth-grade dean.
Prior to serving at Sewickley Academy, David attended Grove City College where he graduated with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education. David proceeded onto graduate school at Duquesne University where he earned an M.A. in History. During his time at Sewickley Academy, David also attained an M.ED. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard University in 2002. While in Boston, David interned at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School and at the Harbor School.
In David’s position as the Upper School Dean of Students, he oversaw the revamping of Collegiate’s advisory system to its current single grade mission-based model. David spearheaded the creation of the student culture survey that is administered to Upper School students every two years to proactively address student concerns. David also worked with the Honor Board to clarify the handbook and partnered with the Middle School to create an age appropriate version for the Middle School.
In 2011, David was promoted to Assistant Head of Upper School and to History Department Chair. As History Department Chair, David oversaw the implementation of the Upper School Global History electives, the introduction of document based question writing in 9th and 10th-grade history, and introduced three new classes to the Upper School history curriculum: Modern China, Modern Middle East, and Investigating the Modern World. As Assistant Head of Upper School, David led the course selection process, kept track of Upper School academic policies, and oversaw the Upper School advisory program. In 2014, David was asked to lead Collegiate’s Summer Global Travel Program for the Upper School. David was named Head of Upper School in 2016.
According to David, what makes Collegiate’s Upper School stand out is that, in addition to its rigorous academic offerings, Collegiate’s strong sense of community and Honor Code support the development of the whole student. Collegiate’s small by design school inspires students to pursue their academic, athletic and artistic passions with the support of an exceptional faculty.
David grew up in a household of educators and his parents’ love of learning inspired him to become an educator. David and his wife, Claire, have two young children who will one day attend Collegiate.