The Board of Directors of Saint Stanislaus is pleased to appoint Gary Blackburn as principal beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Currently, Blackburn serves as a math teacher and director of Math Academy at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile, Alabama. Patrick McGrath, who has served as teacher, dean of academics, and principal over the last 12 years, is leaving Saint Stanislaus as his wife begins her medical school residency out of state.
“Saint Stanislaus has been blessed by Mr. McGrath’s leadership as principal. Our school is better because of his calm, steady manner, his unwavering commitment to the charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, and his untiring efforts on behalf of our students. We wish Patrick and Laura the best as they enter the next phase of their life, and we hope that one day they will return to the area and to SSC,” said Bro. Barry Landry, president. “I consider us equally blessed to have Mr. Blackburn as our next principal. He is a top-notch educator and a proven administrator, and his deep love for the Brothers of the Sacred Heart gives me every confidence in SSC’s future,” he said.
“I have been immensely blessed to be able to serve the Saint Stanislaus family and to be a part of the countless milestones that our young men and our school have accomplished in that time,” McGrath said. “I leave with a heavy heart knowing how remarkable our students, faculty, and parents are and what a special sanctuary SSC is. Yet I am also very relieved and excited to know that we have found the best successor possible in Mr. Blackburn. We are working together to ensure a smooth transition.”
Blackburn comes to Saint Stanislaus with a great deal of experience as a Catholic school teacher and administrator. He began his teaching career in New Orleans, holding teaching and administrative posts at Brother Martin High School, a Brothers of the Sacred Heart school, as well as Archbishop Hannan High School and De La Salle High School. In 2003, Blackburn moved to Mobile and served at McGill-Toolen High School as assistant principal for discipline and assistant principal for academic affairs. In 2011, he responded to the call of the Archdiocese of Mobile to become principal of St. Ignatius Elementary School, a position he held for five years before returning to McGill-Toolen this year.
“I am humbled by the Board’s confidence in me to lead Saint Stanislaus and excited for the opportunity. I am especially grateful to be working again with the Brothers of the Sacred Heart,” Blackburn said. “I look forward to working with all members of the Saint Stanislaus community as we continue to form each student to Gospel values. I believe in SSC’s mission to provide a sanctuary and a life-changing experience for our young men, and to help all of our students become the person God has created them to be.”