David Banks is the President and CEO of The Eagle Academy Foundation. He was the founding principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative all-boys public schools in New York City. As President and CEO, he is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, which is charged with the replication of the successful Eagle model. Since opening in 2004, Eagle Academy has grown to encompass a total of four schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens (New York) and Newark (New Jersey) and is expanding its vision nationally.
Previously, Banks served as the founding principal of The Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice. This theme based high school provided a unique opportunity for Banks to use his law and education background to help students succeed. During his tenure, Banks helped spearhead a community-wide effort to secure a permanent home for the school. As a result, the school is housed in a $75 million, state-of-the-art facility. Banks is a graduate of Rutgers University and received his Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University. He earned his educational administration and supervision certification in one semester by attending three colleges: Brooklyn College, City College and Baruch College.