Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Scott Rudes
Scott Rudes, Ph.D., is the principal of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX. Prior to his appointment at BTWHSPVA, Dr. Rudes served as the principal at Orange Grove Middle Magnet School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida. During his tenure, Orange Grove was recognized by the state of Florida as an Arts Achieve! Model School, and received the Exemplary Schools designation from the Arts Schools Network. Dr. Rudes was also recognized by the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) as the Arts Administrator of the Year for 2012, and received the Denise Davis-Cotton Emerging Leader Award from the Arts Schools Network as well. In 2013, he was recognized by the Broadway Educator League with the League Educator Apple Award, which acknowledged his work in bringing together arts organizations in the Tampa area to improve arts education experiences in the K-12 spectrum.
Dr. Rudes also served as the assistant principal for magnet curriculum at Howard W. Blake High School of the Arts, where he was responsible for the entire fine arts magnet program. Under his leadership, the program expanded from 650 students to over 850 students, and the curricular program was redesigned to include expanded offerings in theatre and media production. Prior to becoming an administrator, Rudes served as the director of orchestral studies at Bloomingdale High School. During that time, the orchestra program expanded to almost 150 students in 4 separate orchestras. Under his direction, the orchestra program received Superior ratings at both the District and State Music Performance Assessments on numerous occasions. Rudes has served as the President of the Florida Orchestra Association (FOA) as well as President of the Florida Network of Arts Administrators (FNAA). He and his incredible wife, Ginny, have three children: Joshua, Jacob, and Mary Natalie, who are all on this artistic journey of life with their dad!
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