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Charleston Daily Mail: Hats off, April 12, 2014

On May 22, the class of 2014 will graduate from Charleston Catholic High School. Going with them will be Debra K. Sullivan, who will retire at the school year’s end after 28 years as principal.

She led the school through a major expansion when the math and science wing was added in 1994. Then, six years later, the church purchased and renovated the Players Club tennis building, adding basketball, volleyball, and training facilities.

Enrollment doubled as the school has more than 400 students in grades 6 through 12. They come from an eight-county area and many are non-Catholics as only 55 to 60 percent of the student body is Catholic.

“We aren’t here to convert anyone,” she told the Daily Mail’s Samuel Speciale.

“We’re here to help each person be the best faith-filled person they can be so they can recognize their own beliefs and share them with others.”

The staff at Charleston Catholic High also prepares its students academically. Its college-going rate typically is 100 percent. That’s a record that can only be equaled, never broken.

Hats off to a great educator. May Principal Sullivan enjoy a well-earned retirement.

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