Honoring Steve Hughes

Dear friends:

Today is a bittersweet day here on Morrissey Boulevard.

Stephen Hughes ’73, our dear colleague for more than four decades and principal since 2002, will be retiring as principal of Boston College High School at the end of the 2018 – 2019 academic year. 
 
I don’t need to tell any of you that Steve is an absolute treasure to our community. Above any facts, figures, or stories about him and his multitude of contributions to our school, he has been the very definition of “a man for others” since he first set foot on campus from his Savin Hill neighborhood more than 50 years ago.

He began his professional career here at BC High in 1978 as a social studies teacher and football coach. He served our school and our students in these roles, including stints as the social studies department chair and athletic director, for close to 25 years. 

In 2002, Steve became principal and has led our school gracefully ever since. Guiding our students with competence, conscience, and compassion, he has remained devout in his faith and committed to our mission, making everyone around him better. 

Among his many contributions, Steve would highlight the Madden Scholars as one of his most important. He founded the program, originally called McElroy Scholars, in 2001 as a mentorship program. The program provides select students with personal and academic support for their first two years at BC High. When Steve needed a teacher with whom he had a shared commitment to and belief in these students, he called upon long-time friend and mentor, Mary Madden. Together, Steve and Mary helped shape the early years of the program which has flourished and helps over 40 students each year. 

The culture of our beloved school is fostered and nurtured by dedicated servants, like Steve, who live their faith and pursue a more fair and just world by impressing upon our students the values of the Jesuit tradition and the education of the whole person. He has challenged and inspired almost every young man who has walked through our doors over the last 40 years, teaching each one the importance of becoming a man of integrity, educated in faith and for justice, and dedicated to academic excellence and service to others. Alongside his friend and colleague, President Bill Kemeza, they shaped the future of BC High – raising academic standards, transforming the campus, and creating a culture of integrity. Together, their efforts helped our students achieve their full potential, in and out of the classroom, ensuring that they will be remembered for generations to come.  

On a personal note, I have known Steve most of my life, as a student, player, coach, principal and loyal friend. His commitment and guidance during the last year is something that I will forever be grateful. True to his character and indicative of his love for BC High, he will support our search for his successor, a process that will begin immediately.

Please join us in celebrating Steve and his commitment to our school and our community as he prepares for the next chapter of his life. Although he is leaving his office at the end of this school year, he will always have a home here at BC High. 
 
AMDG,
Grace
 
Grace Cotter Regan P'12                                            
President
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