In this post we are featuring the new assistant principal, Doug Granger.
I was born in 1973 in San Diego. I spent 10 years on the CRIT Indian Reservation and a few years in NOVA (1 mile from Potomac Mills). Between 1995 and 1998 I had about 11 zip codes, but now have lived in Central Virginia for over 20 years. I spent 8 years in the Army National Guard playing trumpet. I was a high school and middle school band director for years was an assistant principal for 8 years. After that I spent 3 years as the fine arts facilitator for Albemarle County, which is one of the best jobs anyone can have! I was the principal of Agnor-Hurt Elementary School for 4 years and am now the happiest assistant principal in Virginia at Western Albemarle High School.
On Leap Day 2020 I married my bestie, Sarah Canady, at the UVA Chapel. Between us we have 7 children, 5 of whom live at home. Life is full and every day is an adventure with such a fun family. There is never a dull moment!
WAHS Website: (WW) Where are you from?
I’m a native Californian, but have only spent a few years of my life in that great state. Most of my childhood I was in a tiny little town named Parker, Arizona. It was smack-dab in the middle of the CRIT Indian Reservation along the Colorado River, about 2 hours north of Yuma. I didn’t move to Virginia until my sophomore year of high school. I graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School…Go Vikings!
WW: Where did you go to school?
After graduating from high school I attended James Madison University for 4 years, getting a degree in music education. The trumpet had been a part of my life from the time I first heard the theme song to the television show Dallas back in the early ‘80’s. And since I had a knack for music it seemed like a good thing to major in.
WW: What was the name of your favorite pet?
My childhood pet was a sweet little Cocker-spaniel/Poodle (aka. Cockapoo) named Sandy. My family adopted her when I was 8 years old and she lived all the way up to the week before I left for college. I still miss her sometimes.
WW: What do you do when you aren’t in school?
Almost everyone in my family loves a good drive through the country. And we live in such a great place to wander around the backroads! So if I’m not at home doing chores or cleaning up stuff I’ll probably be out on the road taking a long drive.
WW: If you could eat one thing for the rest of your life and wouldn’t get tired of it, what would it be?
My favorite food is steak. Always has been. But I also love pizza! And bacon. Oh…And I love pie, too!
WW: Where would you go on vacation if money was no object?
I’d take a cross country drive in a nice big comfortable car to each of the major National Parks and stay in the nicest hotels nearby. I’d start at Acadia in Maine and make my way across country until I hit the Pacific Ocean, then I’d head back to Virginia and hit the ones I missed. I’ve been to many National Parks in my life…Yellowstone, Crate Lake, the Grand Canyon to name a few…And each of them is so amazing.
WW: What is on your playlist?
I have about 20 playlists…Some are just a bunch of fun songs I love, and others are very specific to the mood I’m in. For instance, I have a playlist I created just for rainy days. I also have a playlist called “Soundtrack for my Life”…an idea I stole from a music teacher back when I was the Fine Arts Facilitator for the county. Probably my most played playlist is called “Rock the Car” which has a bunch of songs on it that sound great on a car stereo…Red Hot Chile Peppers, Cake, Tom Petty, and (of course) everyone’s favorite “What Does the Fox Say?” (such a weird song, but I love it!)
WW: What is your favorite part of the WAHS School building?
It’s huge! I’ve been at Agnor-Hurt for the past few years which is about a 5th the size of Western. There are so many great little nooks and crannies…Love the library, the gym, the tennis courts…but if I had to choose just one place I’d choose the auditorium. When I’m in there I just feel like such a part of the school community from the past to the present. So many kids and teachers and staff have enjoyed so many great events in our auditorium over the years!
WW: What is your favorite Olympic sport?
I love the Olympics. In fact, I have a minor collection of paraphernalia from the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. My uncle lived there when they took place and one of my buddies mothers won a silver metal for pistol shooting. It’s hard to decide what my favorite sport is, but if I had to choose I’d probably land on the shot-put. I did track in high school for a couple of years, but I wasn’t very good at running. I also wasn’t very good at the shot-put, but I put in a lot of effort and got a personal best at every meet. I still have the plaque my coach gave me at the end of the season for “Most Enthusiastic.”
WW: What is your favorite go to take out spot?
Dr. Ho’s is my favorite place for taking out or eating in. Cheap and good! But the new Mediterranean place across from Harris Teeter (Bazeos) is really good, too!