NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s a new beginning for New Haven’s James Hillhouse High School. Glen Worthy grew up in the Newhallville section of the city.
“My mother was a cook, right on Ella Grasso Boulevard. She did double shifts. A single parent, my father left when I was eight years old,” said Worthy.
Worthy was one of six children. He was a football player, ran track, and graduated from Wilbur Cross High in 1983. Now he is the principal at Hillhouse. Worthy is tasked with helping 1003 students find their own paths to success.
“We feel really good about that. We feel good about the way Glen has come in, kind-of embraced the reality of what Hillhouse is now while still looking forward to the future,” said New Haven Superintendent Garth Harries.
Those who know Worthy best say he is up to the challenges that taking over the second largest comprehensive high school in the city poses.
“He has a really good connection with students. He sees them from all aspects. He’s a real New Haven homegrown student himself,” said former Deputy Superintendent Imma Cannelli.
Worthy has been with New Haven Schools for more that 20 years. He started as a school counselor before transitioning to administration. His last post was as principal for the city’s Adult Education program.
Former student Mercedez Torres credits Worthy for helping her get her life in order.
“When I felt like I didn’t have much, you know, I had Mr. Worthy and I had my family advocate and I’ve had those resources that he has given to me to be able to succeed,” said Torres.
Classes begin this Thursday for New Haven Public Schools. Worthy says he is excited and a little nervous but believes he can help students realize their full potential.
“I’m always gonna be available. I’m never gonna be in my office. They’re always gonna see me in the hallways, the cafeteria. For students I’m never gonna be busy,” said Worthy.