Dr. Grayling Tobias, a life-long resident of St. Louis, was named the superintendent for the Hazelwood School District in the fall of 2012. He has worked for HSD since 2002, previously serving as director of secondary education, assistant superintendent for accountability and assistant superintendent for learning. Dr. Tobias also served as a middle school principal in the Riverview Gardens School District and middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal and teacher in the Parkway School District.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Master of Arts degree from Truman State University, and a Doctor of Education leadership degree from St. Louis University. Dr. Tobias and his wife, Guen, a retired teacher, have two sons, Martin, 21, and Nicholas, 19.
Dr. Tobias was a basketball and baseball standout at McCluer High School and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Upon graduating from UMSL, he played for the farm teams for the Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers. He is a member of the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club Ring of Honor, and a member of the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, McCluer High School Hall of Fame and UMSL Athletic Hall of Fame.
He is involved in our community, currently serving on the board of directors for North County Incorporated, Greater North County Chamber of Commerce and the TEAM food pantry.
His life has been enriched by educators and his professional life in education has been a good and rewarding one. He would like to share with teachers, students, and parents the nurturing and rich educational experience that he has received. He sincerely believes he can make a difference in the lives of young people, because education has made a profound difference in his life.
One of his favorite quotes follows: "Our greatest contribution is to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, every day, learns, grows, and feels like a real human being."
-Donald O. Clifton