Donald Fish - Principal
Born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area, Mr. Fish is a Melvindale Cardinal through-and-through. Fish spent the entirety of his school career in the Melvindale Northern-Allen Park School District and after receiving his teaching certification, returned to the city where he grew up for his career in education; 28 years so far.
As a child, Fish attended Quandt Elementary for Kindergarten through 6th grade, Julian O. Strong Middle School for 7th and 8th and Melvindale High School for four years, graduating in the class of 1984. During his time as a student, Fish was a four-year varsity athlete in baseball and football and also played basketball. In the classroom, he enjoyed literature and science classes. While he had many favorite teachers during his time in school, Mr. Best, his 5th grade teacher, was at the top of the list for setting something in a young Fish that gave him the confidence to succeed.
After graduating from Melvindale High School, Fish went on to Eastern Michigan University to study Sports Medicine before switching his major to education. He is certified in Physical Education, Health, Psychology and English Language Arts. He received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University.
After graduation, Fish taught English Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Education and Health for six years before becoming Assistant Principal at Strong for the next decade. He then went to Melvindale High School for five years as the Assistant Principal before returning to Strong as Principal, where he has been for the last seven years. During his time in the classroom, Fish coached both JV and Varsity football as well as baseball and basketball, both at Strong and MHS.
Fish said his favorite thing about Melvindale is how hard-working and accepting of each other’s differences the community is. In his spare time, Fish enjoys spending time with his wife, Diane; son, Ryan; and daughter, Erin.