The Tam News

Former principal Jim Hanretty dies at 92

Former principal Jim Hanretty in his office .

By Saranyu Nel

February 15, 2019

Jim Hanretty, a former teacher, coach, and Tam principal, passed away on Tuesday, January 8 at the age of 92. School district administrators were notified by superintendent Tara Taupier in a January 9 email. A private funeral will be held on the morning of March 2. Hanretty first started working at Tam in 195...

JC Farr Hired as New Principal

JC Farr Hired as New Principal

By Elissa Asch & Marina Furbush

September 21, 2016

By this point in the school year you’ve probably seen a new face on campus, talking to students and giving assembly presentations. This new addition to the Tam community is principal J.C. Farr. Farr started on July 1, taking over from interim principal David Brown. Before coming to Tam, he served as ...

Search for Principal Continues

By Marina Furbush

June 3, 2016

In an email sent out to students and parents on May 11, the Tamalpais Union High School District Office of Human Resources informed the community that the prospective principal candidate for Tam next year did not accept their offer of employment. Former Tam principal, Julie Synyard, left Tam for an ...

13 Questions in 3 Minutes: Dr. Synyard

13 Questions in 3 Minutes: Dr. Synyard


January 20, 2015 TBN reporters sit down with Tam principal Julie Synyard in this fairly self-explanatory segment called 13 Questions in 3 Minutes.

Q&A with Tam’s New Principal: Dr. Julie Synyard

Dr. Julie Synyard
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By Emma Talkoff

June 12, 2013

Next year Tam will welcome Dr. Julie Synyard as our school’s new principal. Synyard has taught English and history and received her administrative credential in the Albany Unified School District in Albany, California. Also a veteran administrator of St. Helena High School, Synyard served as vice pr...

TUHSD Board Announces New Tam Principal

Dr. Julie Synyard being introduced by Assistant Principals Kim Stiffler and Bryan Lynch. Photo by: Emma Boczek

By Wesley Emblidge

March 28, 2013

Dr. Julie Synyard was introduced as the new principal of Tam for the 2013-2014 school year on March 27 at a Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) board meeting held at Tam. Synyard’s hiring follows the departure of Thomas Drescher, who suddenly resigned as principal on January 28. Interim principal Dr. Robert Vieth will continue to pre...

Principal Drescher Resigns Early; Dr. Robert Vieth Hired as Interim Principal

WELCOME ABOARD: Dr. Robert Vieth will act as principal for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.                Photo by: Jordan Blackburn

By News Staff

February 11, 2013

Principal Thomas Drescher announced his immediate resignation on January 28, a sudden change from his previously planned resignation date of June 30. Drescher sent an email to staff during the day and another to community members later that evening, citing “a recent change in personal circumstance”...

UPDATED: Drescher Resigns Early

UPDATED: Drescher Resigns Early

By Emma Boczek, Sophia Ellingson & Chris Henn

January 28, 2013

UPDATE 2: On January 29 the interim principal to replace former Principal Drescher was announced to be former San Marin High School principal Bob Vieth. TUHSD Superintendent Laurie Kimbrel sent out an email to the Tam community saying that “Dr. Vieth comes to us with a wealth of teaching and leadership e...

Principal Drescher Expands on Resignation

Principal Drescher Expands on Resignation

By Chris Henn & Justin Schmidt

November 23, 2012

Principal Tom Drescher announced on November 6 that he will be resigning to pursue a degree in Educational Leadership. Drescher’s resignation, effective June 30, will mark the end of his six years at Tam High. “I’m excited but disappointed because he’s been an absolutely fabulous princ...