COVINA — Jack Rankin, a former principal of San Marino High School and now deputy superintendent of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, has been named superintendent of Covina Valley Unified School District.
On July 1, Rankin, 49, will replace Erwin Jones, 60, who will retire after 30 years at Covina Valley, 19 of them as superintendent. Jones said Rankin was chosen after a wide search and screening of 40 applicants.
"We spent a lot of time on this and the Board of Education is overjoyed with its choice," Jones said.
Rankin, who earned a doctorate in education from USC, taught in Los Angeles schools for 11 years before becoming assistant principal in San Marino in 1969. He was principal of that high school from 1972 to 1979, when he became an administrator in the Palos Verdes district, which he said is about the size as the Covina Valley district.