Bishop Hendricken High School president retires as new principal is appointed

Mark DeCiccio

A new principal has been appointed at Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop announced Wednesday.

The bishop said Mark. R. DeCiccio, a 2003 graduate of Bishop Hendricken and an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Cranston, will start his new job at the Catholic all-male, college preparatory high school on July 1.

“With Mr. DeCiccio’s experience and his emphasis on academic achievement and building strong relationships with students, faculty, staff and parents, he is more than qualified to lead the school forward at this time,” Superintendent of Catholic Schools Daniel J. Ferris noted in a press release. “I’m confident his active faith will advance the school’s mission of seeking to bring all members of the school community into a deeper relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”

DeCiccio, who is currently the principal of Samuel Slater Middle School in Pawtucket and was an assistant principal at Danvers High School in Danvers, Massachusetts, was recently awarded the 2018 Rhode Island First Year Principal Award by the RI School Principals Association. He said he is looking forward to starting the new position.

"Being the principal at Bishop Hendricken High School is a great responsibility, it is a great privilege, and it is an honor to lead this amazing community,” DeCiccio said. “It is a dream come true to be back at my alma mater guiding the next generation of Hawks. Live Jesus in our hearts forever."

DeCiccio is taking over for interim principal John Jackson, who announced his retirement Wednesday after spending the last 46 years as a teacher and administrator at his alma mater, as well as the school’s first lay president.

“Today I am announcing my retirement; I will, however, stay on until a new president is named, and for a period of time after that in order to help him or her with the transition. In all likelihood my retirement will be effective toward the end of this calendar year. I would like to emphasize that I came to this decision in December of 2016.”

Meanwhile, in January 2018, former principal Jay Brennan retired after a video of him making racial and anti-Semitic slurs surfaced.

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