Ben Mackey is the principal of Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG), which has been named as the #1 high school in the nation five out of the last six years by U.S. News and World Report. Over the course of his tenure, TAG has revamped its application process with a focus on equity and access resulting in TAG being federally recognized as a Title 1 school. During this same time frame, academic achievement at TAG has soared with the school reaching all-time highs in terms of SAT, ACT, and AP achievement, proving what is possible for students, regardless of the background that they come from.
Ben earned his master’s degree in school leadership from Harvard University and his bachelor’s degrees in finance and history from the University of Florida. Prior to taking over as principal of TAG, Ben entered education through Teach from America and taught mathematics at West Bolivar High School in Rosedale, Mississippi. During his tenure at West Bolivar as the math department chair, Ben founded the first successful AP Calculus program in district history and was named Teacher of the Year by both the county Chamber of Commerce and West Bolivar High School in 2011-12. As principal of TAG, Ben has received the designation of Exemplary principal, the highest recognition for Dallas ISD principals. In 2016, Ben was named as one of Dallas Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40,’ a list of rising young leaders in Dallas and in 2018, he joined the class of the Mayor’s Star Council. Ben also serves on the board of directors for Spark!, the Dallas Wetlands Foundation, and the Rosedale Freedom Project.
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