Danny O’Brien

Danny O’Brien

Head of School

Danny has been part of the HMI family since 2004. As Head of School, Danny has led the way in creating our new Gap semester offerings for high school graduates, overseen record enrollment and application numbers for the HMI Semester and Summer Term, and more than doubled fundraising totals for the HMI Fund—while leading HMI through its largest-ever capital campaign. Prior to becoming Head of School, Danny wore many hats at HMI. He taught history and served as Director of Admissions and as Acting Head of School. He serves on independent school accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (where he is on the Finance Committee) and as a consultant to the College Board. Before coming to HMI, Danny developed his shared passion for education and the outdoors while working at Greensboro Day School and the Island School and leading outdoor trips for Camp Pemigewassett, Overland Adventures, and Longacre expeditions. When not focusing on all things HMI, Danny is on the Board of Directors of the Lake County Community Foundation and loves spending time outside with his wife, Ellie, and their children, Vivie and Henry.

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