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Superintendent: About the Superintendent

About Mr. Delahanty

Superintendent of Schools Michael Delahanty has served as a school administrator in the Salem School District since 1987. Delahanty began with the district as Principal of North Salem School. After five years he was appointed Principal of Woodbury School. During his time at Woodbury, he oversaw the school’s transition from a 600 student school housing grades 7 & 8 to a grade 6 through 8 middle school with more than 1100 students. An eighteen classroom addition was built in 1994 to accommodate the increased enrollments. In the spring of 2000, Delahanty was appointed principal of Salem High School and served in that capacity for two years. In 2002 he was named Assistant Superintendent of Schools and two years later was appointed to his current position as Superintendent.

Delahanty began his career as an elementary school teacher in a large district in Maine. While serving as a classroom teacher, he earned his Masters Degree in Educational Administration at the University of Southern Maine. During that time his wife, Donna, was commuting to her job in Boston. Consequently, Delahanty decided to concentrate a job search in the southern New Hampshire and greater Boston region. It was then that he was hired for the North Salem Elementary School vacancy. While in Salem, Delahanty earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. In the spring of 2012 Delahanty completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Boston College.

Delahanty lives in nearby Hampstead with his wife, Donna. Their son, Brady, graduated from Northeastern University. He lives and works in Boston.


Michael Delahanty
Salem School District