Archbishop Ryan High School Announces Appointment of New Principal

Wednesday, July 3rd

Archbishop Ryan High School is pleased to announce the appointment by the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education of Mr. James Meredith as Principal. He has been serving as the assistant principal for academic affairs since July, 2006 and has been at Ryan since August, 2001 serving in both teaching and administrative positions.  “His experience and knowledge of our school makes him uniquely qualified for the position” said Michael McArdle, the school’s president. He continued, “Both his background and his experience are attributes that makes 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.” He replaces Helen Chaykowsky who retired after 48 years of service to Catholic education.

On his appointment Meredith said, “I am both grateful and humbled by the confidence placed in me by the Office of Catholic Education with my appointment as principal of Archbishop Ryan High School.  I want to thank my predecessor, Ms. Helen Chaykowsky, whose distinguished leadership and grace guided our school for eleven years. As a member of the Ryan family for twelve 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.”

Meredith has a BA from DeSales University and an M.Ed from Cabrini College. At the past two national conventions for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) he was a presenter on the uses of technology in education. Prior to his arrival at Ryan he taught at Monsignor Bonner High School and has taught 5th grade at St Katherine of Siena elementary school. Additionally, he served as a staff writer for the sports department of the Intelligencer Newspaper.

Mr. Meredith is married and has four children and resides in St Cecilia’s parish in NE Philadelphia.