Wootton High’s Assistant Principal Dies Unexpectedly

Rockville school will offer grief counseling to students Wednesday


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Joseph DuBoyce, assistant principal at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville

Via Montgomery County Public Schools

Thomas S. Wootton High School students Tuesday learned about the unexpected death of their assistant principal, another blow for the Rockville school that also lost its principal two years ago.

Joseph DuBoyce, who was Wootton’s assistant principal for six years, died Monday night at his home, according to a letter from the school’s principal.

“Mr. DuBoyce was a fierce advocate for the students of Thomas S. Wootton and was particularly looking forward to seeing the Class of 2018 graduate this spring,” Principal Kimberly Boldon wrote. “Mr. DuBoyce would go out of his way to help a student, staff member, or parent. … His sense of humor, warmth, compassion, and optimism defined him and were apparent in all of his interactions. He will be missed.”

DuBoyce started out in Montgomery County Public Schools as a social studies teacher at Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville. He later worked as a teacher and assistant principal at James Hubert Blake High School in Colesville, Boldon wrote.

DuBoyce, 53, lived in New Market and had been married to his wife, Melissa, for 24 years, according to  an obituary published by The Frederick News-Post. He worked for MCPS for 30 years and loved spending time with his family and watching sports, especially Notre Dame football games, according to the obituary.  

In her message to the school community, Boldon wrote that DuBoyce was an “exceptional educator and leader” and loved attending Wootton cross-country meets to cheer on the Patriots.

Counselors will be on hand at the school from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday for students who need support. The school will also offer counselors during the first few weeks of class, Boldon wrote.

The loss comes as the Wootton community continues to mourn the sudden death of its principal, Michael Doran, in August 2015. The city of Rockville in June honored Doran with the dedication of a three-lane bridge on Wootton Parkway, just outside the school campus.

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