November 17, 2017 — Fr. John P. McGarry, SJ, has been named the next president of Jesuit High School of Sacramento, California. Fr. McGarry will begin his term in the 2018-19 school year, succeeding Mrs. Lorraine Paul, who currently serves as interim president.
Fr. McGarry is well known to the Sacramento Jesuit community, having served as a teacher, assistant principal and principal from 1997 to 2005 and as a trustee from 2012 to present (he abstained from any board participation in the president search and selection process).
Prior to Jesuit High School, he worked in secondary
education from 1986 to 1997 as a teacher and director of campus ministry at
Loyola High School of Los Angeles and Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.
Since 2012, Fr. McGarry has served as rector of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. He will finish a six-year term there at the end of this school year. From 2005 to 2011, he led the California Province of the Society of Jesus as its provincial.
Fr. McGarry holds a master’s degree in school leadership/private school administration from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of USF and Brophy Prep.
“I look forward to the opportunity to return to Jesuit High School, and I am grateful to the members of the Board of Trustees for their confidence in me, and to current president, Lorraine Paul, who I will be working closely with for a smooth transition,” said Fr. McGarry.
“I am also excited and eager to serve the school and to collaborate with the board, administration, faculty, and staff, in continuing to advance the mission of Jesuit education in Sacramento. Most especially, I am grateful to God to have the opportunity, as a Jesuit and a priest, to serve as president of a school that I love, and a community of people about whom I care deeply. Jesuit High School is blessed with generous benefactors, committed alumni, and parents, and it will be a pleasure to work daily to help in providing for the education and formation of the young men entrusted to the care of the school.” [Sources: Jesuits West, Jesuit High School]