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This profile was last updated on 12/24/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Mr. Mark Zmuda

Wrong Mark Zmuda?

Associate Principal

Mercer Island High School

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • bachelor of science , mathematics education
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • master of education , educational leadership and policy studies
    University of Texas
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Educator Mark Zmuda, ..., 24 Dec 2014 [cached]
Educator Mark Zmuda, formerly a principal at Eastside Catholic High School, is chosen as the new associate principal at Mercer Island High School.
Sienna Colburn to be honored for ..., 31 Oct 2014 [cached]
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
Sienna Colburn, a student at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, led the charge in a movement to support Mark Zmuda, a former vice principal who was fired last December for being married to a man. Sienna was a sophomore on the swim team coached by Mr. Z.
Outraged by his unfair firing, she posted to Twitter #savemrz2013. A social media campaign to Keep Mr. Z followed her tweet, and what ensued was a groundswell of support. Hundreds of students from Eastside Catholic and neighboring high schools organized walk-outs and sit-ins; the swim team posted a banner reading 'We swim for Zmuda' at a swim meet; alumni conducted rallies and warned the school they would stop donating; parents threatened to remove their children from Eastside Catholic; and a petition calling for Zmuda's reinstatement garnered more than 20,000 signatures. Student activists also marked January 31 as Z Day and urged Zmuda's supporters to wear orange, one of the school's colors, and to join in a minute of silence to show support for Mr. Z.
The students at Eastside Catholic bravely stood for the right to love and spoke out against injustice. Zmuda says, 'It is those memories I will cherish and remember after all that transpired.' Though Eastside Catholic refused to reinstate Zmuda, he has accepted a position as Associate Principal and Director of Athletic Programs at Mercer Island High School.
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda" />
Sienna Colburn to be honored for her support of Mark Zmuda
Mercer Island High School ..., 27 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mercer Island High School athletic director Mark Zmuda said the issue was a clerical error that was self-reported in mid-October. Beyond that, Zmuda said he was unable to comment further on the ineligibility.
According to a statement from ..., 18 Jan 2014 [cached]
According to a statement from Eastside Catholic High School in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish, Vice Principal Mark Zmuda resigned in mid-December during a meeting with school officials "for violating his signed agreement to abide by Catholic Church teachings."
In the weeks since his departure, Eastside Catholic students have staged a sit-in protest and launched a petition not only in support of Zmuda, asking for his reinstatement, but in an effort "to change the Catholic Church's opposition (to) gay marriage. As of Jan. 17, the petition had more than 33,000 signatures of people around the country.
Archbishop Sartain said in his Jan. 15 statement that he had received a copy of the petition that morning.
It also noted that when Zmuda "married his same-sex partner, the school administration was left with no acceptable alternative that would allow him to remain eligible for employment at Eastside Catholic School" and the school's president and CEO, Sister Mary Tracy, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary "had no choice other than to discuss resignation."
Mark Zmuda, who was also a ..., 10 Mar 2014 [cached]
Mark Zmuda, who was also a swim coach at Eastside Catholic School, said he took the job after reading a school policy, since removed from its website, that it does not discriminate on the basis of an employee's sexual orientation or marital status.
His ouster, which led to student protests followed by the school president's resignation, is an example of tension between the increasing number of Americans who support same-sex marriage and religiously affiliated employers who view it as immoral.
"I was told I could either divorce or be fired," Zmuda told reporters at his lawyer's Seattle office. "How could anyone ask anyone else to make that kind of choice?"
Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state in November 2012. Zmuda was married last July.
The school counters in a response that it said it had yet to file in court that Washington's gay marriage law exempts religious institutions from recognizing same-sex marriages. A copy of the response seen by Reuters also asserts that Zmuda's lawsuit infringes on the school's first amendment right to religious freedom. It wants the lawsuit dismissed.
The school of 935 students in the Seattle suburb of Sammamish said Zmuda had agreed to abide by Catholic principles, and that he initially obscured his relationship by listing his then-boyfriend as a roommate on an emergency contact form.
It said parents complained of "inappropriate" photographs posted to Zmuda's Facebook account, which he subsequently agreed to delete.
In a case similar to Zmuda's in California in July, a teacher at a Catholic school was fired after marrying his male partner. In December, a Catholic teacher in Pennsylvania told the Philadelphia Inquirer and ABC News affiliate WPVI that he was fired after he applied for a marriage license with his same-sex partner.
Zmuda sued for breach of contract, violation of public policy and violation of state consumer-protection and anti-discrimination laws.
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