Dumbledore no more: Principal Corrigan to step down in 2012

After nine years at the helm, Corrigan aims to return to the classroom


After nine years of devoted service as Principal, Mr. Peter Corrigan ’69 has decided to step down at the end of the school year in order to return to classroom teaching.   He announced his decision last June to the faculty.

St. Ignatius Principal, Mr. Peter Corrigan '69, looking forward to return to the classroom next year. Photo Credit: Zachary Woznak '12

In Mr. Corrigan’s tenure, a great deal has changed.  The Breen Center for Performing Arts was built, the Mall was renovated, the athletic teams won eight state titles; and the school was designated a Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education.   In short, much of the campus and community was enhanced. However, he has never viewed himself as an administrator, but rather a teacher. On account of this and the tiring work of managing such a large school, he felt it was time to return to his roots as an educator:  the theology classroom.

In reflecting on his time as Principal of our school, Mr. Corrigan recalls two instances of special significance and pride. The first was during his first year back at St. Ignatius as principal (following his time as a teacher at St. Xavier in Cincinnati). A normal school rally proved to him that the students of St. Ignatius \”know what’s important.”