GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A familiar face to Grand Island Public Schools is stepping up to a new leadership position. 

Last October, Grand Island Public Schools announced that Grand Island Senior High principal Jeff Gilbertson was retiring at the end of the school year.

On Wednesday, the district announced Calvin Hubbard will be filling that position. Hubbard isn’t a stranger to GIPS after being in the district since 2002.

He taught science at Walnut Middle School between his active military duties. Hubbard was also middle school dean for three years, and assistant principal at Walnut in 2014. He has worked as assistant principal at Senior High since 2019.

Hubbard said he’s happy for what the future holds. 

“I am really excited to step into this position," Hubbard said. "I have had the privilege to serve Islander students, staff, and stakeholders over the last 4 years in building strong foundations for success. I believe the experiences I have had in my various roles in GIPS have prepared me to lead Grand Island Senior High as we continue to transform and elevate our Academies. We are in a great place right now and I intend to work and collaborate with everyone to keep the momentum going!”

Hubbard will assume the role this summer. 

The district is working on interviewing candidates for the GISH Activities Director position since the current one, Cindy Wells, is also set to retire at the end of the school year.