Headmaster or headmistress is a term used to describe the head administrator or principal of a private or independent school. Its usage has its roots in the English public (or private) school traditions where the senior teacher (or master) is often styled a head teacher.
Often abbreviated to simply head, a headmaster in the 21st century has a multi-faceted job with the emphasis on fund raising and administrative duties.
Find more terms in the Private School Glossary.
Dr. Smith served as headmaster of St. Ethelbert's Collegiate Preparatory School from its inception until his death in 1985.