New Albany High School Principal Dr. Matt Buchanan was named the Mississippi High School Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals on June 12, 2024.

Buchanan has worked in education as a teacher, coach, and administrator for more sixteen years with 13 of those years being in an administrative capacity.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Mississippi; his Master of Education in Educational Leadership; and his Doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi.

He has been with New Albany School District as principal of New Albany High School since 2021.

Buchanan is a member of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals and Mississippi Association of School Administrators.

He and his wife Danica who teaches at New Albany Elementary School have one daughter, Abbi, who will be a student at New Albany Middle School this fall.