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Jim Power, outgoing principal of Upper Canada College, is pictured at the prestigious private school for boys in Toronto on Oct. 10, 2007. He will be replaced by Samuel McKinney, who is currently the deputy headmaster and head of the senior school at St. Peter’s College in Adelaide, South Australia.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

The new head of Upper Canada College, an all-boys private school in Toronto, is returning home to Canada.

The school announced on Friday that Samuel McKinney, who is the deputy headmaster and head of the senior school at St. Peter's College in Adelaide, South Australia, will replace Jim Power.

Mr. Power is leaving the school after 12 years at the helm. He accepted a position at Culver Academies, a college preparatory school in Indiana, a UCC spokeswoman said.

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Mr. McKinney will join UCC as principal on July 1.

He is the son of teachers and was born and raised in the Niagara region, where he attended St. Catharines Collegiate. He went on to receive his graduate education in Australia, and briefly taught at the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, a public high school in Guelph, Ont., before returning to Australia to teach.

Russ Higgins, chair of UCC's board, described Mr. McKinney in a note to parents and the community as a sports enthusiast, who enjoys rowing, football, basketball and hockey.

"Mr. McKinney competed at Henley on Thames in 1984 for St. Catharines Collegiate where he suffered ignominious defeat at the hands of a UCC crew in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup," Mr. Higgins wrote. "He has stayed true to his Canadian roots, playing hockey at the only rink in Adelaide for the last eight years."

Mr. Higgins said Mr. McKinney will lead UCC in the development of a new strategic plan "and ensuring that our boys continue to excel academically and develop into strong citizens in service of their communities."

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