Dr. Ken Wallace

High School District Superintendent, Park Ridge, Illinois

Ken Wallace is the longest serving Superintendent in the District’s 121 years of history at Maine Township High School District 207 which serves 6,200 students in three high schools, including two schools with majority BIPOC populations, in nine communities that wrap around the northeast quadrant of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

During Dr. Wallace’s tenure, the District became Google’s first k-12 partner in 2007 and one of the nation’s first 1:1 cloud-based computing Districts. The District has been named one of America’s most innovative multiple times. Students from District 207 come from all parts of the globe, including 124x newcomers to the US just in the 2022-23 school year. District 207 has developed two partnerships with sister schools in South Korea in the past five years, including hosting visiting students on multiple occasions.

Ken is a former English, journalism and computer science teacher as well a high school wrestling coach and coach on the Indiana national team staff. He graduated with a degree in English and journalism education from the University of Southern Indiana, and he also earned an Ed.S and Ph.D from Indiana State University. Ken and his wife Colleen have five children between them and live in a suburb of Chicago, IL.