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Former Wilson principal passes away

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Peter Cahall, Wilson’s former principal, died on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8. Cahall, 55, suffered a life-threatening heart attack on Sunday, May 5, and was without oxygen for several minutes before first responders were able to resuscitate him. He was rushed to Virtua Hospital in Marlton, NJ, where he was placed on a ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit.

Cahall was Wilson’s principal from 2008-2014. Cahall oversaw Wilson’s massive renovation in 2011 and aimed to remove the self-segregation that was evident at the school at the beginning of his tenure. Cahall made national headlines on Pride Day in 2014 when he came out as gay in front of the school. Many students and faculty members supported him and his decision to come out publicly. That same year, his contract was not renewed due to a lack of increased test scores in his tenure as principal.

After leaving Wilson, Cahall accepted a job offer at Thomas Edison High School in the Montgomery County Public Schools system, where he had previously worked before leaving for Prince George’s County and DCPS, respectively.

Cahall was a beloved member of the Wilson community and had an instrumental role in developing Wilson and transforming it into the school it is today. The Beacon offers its deepest condolences to his friends and family at this time.

 

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