Norby Named Principal of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
It’s a new era at Armstrong High School. Erick D. Norby, who has served as interim principal since July, was given the permanent job. The district removed the interim label this week.
“I’m humbled and I’m honored to be here,” Norby said. “It’s a great school. We have two great high schools with Cooper and Armstrong and I want to work side-by-side with Cooper so that we are trying to accomplish the same goals for our district.”
Erick D. Norby grew up with and attended Robbinsdale Area Schools, graduating in 1987. For more than 20 years, he has served in various roles with the district, such as assistant principal and head football coach at Cooper, and as principal at Robbinsdale Academy – Highview.
Norby replaces longtime principal David Dahl, who served in that role for nearly two decades before the district reassigned him to a different position. Norby said taking over for Dahl would be difficult, but he’s excited for the opportunity.
“[Dahl] has been Armstrong for a long, long time as an assistant principal or a principal, and that change is hard,” Norby said. “And I think that’s what’s difficult. We are different people and we have different leadership styles, but we both care about Armstrong. I’ve been in contact with David. We’ve worked together on some things to talk through things, and he’s been nothing but a true professional and a friend.”
Norby says his long-term goals are to make Armstrong a National Blue Ribbon School. He also aims to improve school test scores and graduation rates.