Rep. Haggerty honors WMHS Assistant Principal Steve Martin with Black Excellence on the Hill Award

State Representative Haggerty recently honored Woburn Memorial High School Assistant Principal Steve Martin for the Black Excellence on the Hill Award.  Joining in the event are Ramla Hagi former Woburn Memorial High School student and current research analyst for Joint Committee on Public Health, Assistant Principal Steve Martin


BOSTON – State Representative Richard M. Haggerty (D-Woburn) recently nominated Steve Martin, an assistant principal at Woburn Memorial High School, for the Black Excellence on the Hill Award, an event hosted by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. The event commemorates Black community leaders and trailblazers who are pushing for progress in cities and towns across Massachusetts.

“Steve Martin exemplifies the leadership and community impact we aim to celebrate with the Black Excellence on the Hill Award,” said Representative Haggerty. “Steve is an exceptional leader whose dedication to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion resonates throughout Woburn Memorial High School and the entire community. His tireless efforts to build bridges and create a more just environment have significantly shaped the positive culture we strive for. Steve’s contributions make our community stronger, and I’m honored to nominate him for this well-deserved recognition.”

“Steve is an incredible asset to the Woburn Public Schools. I’ve had the privilege of working with him in various capacities over the years,” said Superintendent Crowley. “He is completely dedicated to improving the lives of all students and supporting our staff every day. His commitment to the WPS is much appreciated, and we are lucky to have him.”

“Steve is a tremendous asset to the school community here at Woburn Memorial High School. We have a terrific group of administrators here at the high school,” said WMHS Principal Rasanen. “Steve’s perspective, leadership, and experience have proven to be an invaluable part of our team.”

As the assistant principal at Woburn Memorial High School, Steve Martin has emerged as a distinguished leader in the community, spearheading a range of initiatives, fostering equity, and creating opportunities for students and educators from diverse backgrounds. His leadership in the DEl Workgroup, dedicated to developing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs, is commendable. Steve founded the EmbRACE Club at the high school, initially providing a safe space for students of color, and now actively promoting diversity and inclusion throughout the Woburn community. Steve extends his influence beyond official roles, acting as an unofficial mentor and source of support for those who know him. In his position as the ninth-grade assistant principal, he guides and mentors freshmen, earning respect and seeking counsel from numerous students, families, and educators within the school. Steve plays a crucial role as an integral part of the well-functioning administrative team, and his impact has significantly shaped the character of both Woburn Memorial High School and the broader community.

The event took place at the Massachusetts State House on Friday, March 29th. Several community members from the City of Woburn jointed Representative Haggerty in honoring Assistant Principal Martin.