[hed-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
the person in charge of a private school.

1570–80; head + master

headmastership, noun
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headmaster (ˌhɛdˈmɑːstə)
Gender-neutral form: head teacher a male principal of a school

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Example sentences
Working in pairs, ask students to send to the headmaster or principal the
  postcard that pops up at the end of virtual exhibit.
They've blogged, but with the ghastly unease of one's high school headmaster
  trying to rap.
His father was the headmaster of the local gymnasium, which he attended until
  he was expelled for insubordination.
Eventually the headmaster was forced to step in and ban trading.
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