Ryan High School names new principal

Jim Meredith is the new prin­cip­al at Arch­bish­op Ry­an.

The Arch­dioces­an Of­fice of Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion last week an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Jim Meredith as prin­cip­al of Arch­bish­op Ry­an High School.

Meredith, 39, had been one of the school’s three as­sist­ant prin­cipals. He re­places Helen Chaykowsky, who re­tired after 11 years as Ry­an prin­cip­al and 48 years in the Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia sys­tem.

Meredith has been at Ry­an since 2001, serving in teach­ing and ad­min­is­trat­ive po­s­i­tions. He had been as­sist­ant prin­cip­al for aca­dem­ic af­fairs since 2006.

“His ex­per­i­ence and know­ledge of our school makes him uniquely qual­i­fied for the po­s­i­tion,” said school pres­id­ent Mike McArdle. “Both his back­ground and his ex­per­i­ence are at­trib­utes that make him an out­stand­ing choice. He knows Ry­an. He knows the fac­ulty, the stu­dents and the par­ents. We are ex­cited to be able to have him as­sume the du­ties of prin­cip­al and look for­ward to his lead­er­ship.”

Meredith is a gradu­ate of De­Sales Uni­versity. He has a mas­ter’s de­gree in edu­ca­tion from Cab­rini Col­lege. He has been a presenter on the use of tech­no­logy in edu­ca­tion at the last two Na­tion­al Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion­al As­so­ci­ation con­ven­tions.

In a state­ment, he said, “I am both grate­ful and humbled by the con­fid­ence placed in me by the Of­fice of Cath­ol­ic Edu­ca­tion. I want to thank my pre­de­cessor, Miss Helen Chaykowsky, whose dis­tin­guished lead­er­ship and grace guided our school for 11 years.

“As a mem­ber of the Ry­an fam­ily for 12 years, I have worked with count­less tal­en­ted edu­cat­ors and stu­dents who make our school truly stand out as a spe­cial place in Phil­adelphia. I look for­ward to con­tinu­ing our repu­ta­tion as a school that pro­duces stu­dents who are lead­ers charged with an­swer­ing the call to solve the chal­lenges of our 21st cen­tury.”

A 1992 gradu­ate of Fath­er Judge, Meredith formerly taught fifth grade at St. Kath­er­ine of Si­ena and at Monsignor Bon­ner High School. He is also a former sports writer for the In­tel­li­gen­cer news­pa­per. He and his wife, Kate, have four daugh­ters and live in Fox Chase.

Meredith was in China at the time of his ap­point­ment, speak­ing with stu­dents there about at­tend­ing Ry­an. He wrote a let­ter to the Arch­bish­op Ry­an fam­ily, stat­ing in part, “Here on Academy Road we, as our mis­sion state­ment re­minds us, are ‘em­power­ing stu­dents to be­come con­trib­ut­ing mem­bers of our Church and so­ci­ety.’” ••

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