Dr. John Bowes is currently the Superintendent at Manhattan Beach Unified School District. For the past 30+ years, he has led thousands of certificated, classified staff and students throughout the State of California.
Dr. Bowes earned his Ed.D. from UCLA and his B.S. degrees in finance and management from Virginia Tech. His career in education spans more than three decades as a teacher, principal, director, and assistant superintendent. Since 2016, he has served as Superintendent in the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) and under his leadership in Davis, an array of strategic initiatives have been developed including outstanding career academies; an award-winning special education inclusion model; renowned theater arts and music programs; an in-house teacher credentialing program; and the passage of two parcel taxes in addition to a bond that supports high-quality teaching and learning facilities across the district. In 2019, Dr. Bowes was named one of the Top 300 Civic Leaders in the Sacramento Region for his influential leadership and future-focused work in education.
Before leading the Davis team, Dr. Bowes served as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the neighboring Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Before this role, he spent seven years as Director of Labor Relations in the Los Angeles Unified School District and five years as a principal in the San Fernando Valley. As both a strong communicator and Spanish speaker, Dr. Bowes fosters a deep sense of inclusivity and brings incredible insight to the role.
Dr. Bowes has been at the forefront of innovative work to promote excellence and equity in education, 21st-century teaching, and learning practices, and creating safe and welcoming campuses that are responsive to the social and emotional learning needs of all students. After college, Dr. Bowes served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala. He learned to speak Spanish there and his service in the Peace Corps, along with his own experience as a student in Fairfax County Public Schools, sparked his passion for education and continues to ground his daily practice to ensure that all students are seen, heard and have the opportunities and access they need to allow them to achieve and thrive
Heather Hoffman, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Phone: (310) 318-7345, x5902