Michael Hinojosa

Michael Hinojosa is the current superintendent for the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) and formerly superintendent of the Cobb County School District.

He originated from the Oak Cliff area of Dallas.[1]


His first job at DISD was at W.H. Adamson High School where he taught classes and coached sports teams.[2]

He began his continuous period as DISD superintendent on May 12, 2005.[3] Under his first term, DISD absorbed the Wilmer-Hutchins Independent School District (WHISD) and a school bond for $1.35 million was successfully implemented. In 2008 several layoffs occurred as a budget deficit for $64 million appeared suddenly, and The Dallas Morning News stated that this damaged his period of leadership.[4] During his tenure he attempted to become superintendent of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.[1] In 2011 he announced that he was moving to the Cobb County School District in the Atlanta area. The DMN stated that the move to Cobb "caught many people off guard, including the school board" and that it resulted in "a sense of betrayal".[4] At the time he had already signed a contract renewal as DISD superintendent for three years when he announced he was moving. As a result of his first period, he was the longest-serving DISD superintendent of the post-1980s period.[1] His final day in his first period was June 30, 2011.[3]

He returned to DISD, becoming interim superintendent in July 2015, succeeding Mike Miles.[5] Hinojosa was hired again as superintendent in October of that year.[2] His term was extended to December 31, 2010 in a unanimous vote in 2018.[6] In September 2019 the DISD board voted 6-1 to renew his term until September 2024.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Chadde, Sky (2014-06-06). "Ousted Fort Worth Superintendent's Parachute Is Really Golden Even by Dallas ISD Standards". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  2. ^ a b "Superintendent". Dallas Independent School District. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  3. ^ a b Chávez, Stella M. (2013-09-06). "Recent Dallas Schools Superintendents Haven't Stayed Long On The Job". KERA. Retrieved 2019-10-22. - Has detailed dates of superintendents from Chad Wollery to Mike Miles, but does not include people who only served as interim superintendents.
  4. ^ a b "Past Dallas schools chiefs leave mixed legacies". The Dallas Morning News. 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  5. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (2015-06-27). "Michael Hinojosa returns to Dallas ISD as interim superintendent". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  6. ^ Ayala, Eva-Marie (2018-12-15). "Dallas schools superintendent gets contract extension, will stay 'as long as they want me around'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
  7. ^ Smith, Corbett (2019-09-26). "Dallas ISD superintendent Michael Hinojosa gets new five-year contract with an intriguing incentive package". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2019-10-24.
Educational offices
Preceded by
Mike Miles
Dallas Independent School District

Preceded by
Larry Groppel (interim)
Dallas Independent School District

Succeeded by
Alan King (interim)

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