Last Modified: Sunday, December 02, 2012 5:53 PM
After a successful 12-year run at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School, Principal Dinah Bradford is planning to retire at the end of the school year.
During Bradford’s tenure, enrollment has grown and the students have consistently scored high on standardized tests. Additionally, an annex was completed — housing four classrooms, a new library, computer and art labs, and restrooms.
“She has a keen sense of financial responsibility and has worked successfully with the school board to ensure that during these challenging economic times, sound decisions were made to guarantee that the ICCS community had all of its needs met, allowing it to run smoothly,” said Erin B. Lang, director of development.
“Daily, she performs a graceful dance of managing and maintaining a historically registered building, meeting with parents and students, addressing any and all questions and concerns, all the while leading teachers and staff by her impeccable, professional example.”
Bradford, a native of Cut Off, earned an undergraduate degree from LSU in physical education and math. While working on her master’s degree at LSU she served as a graduate assistant in the kinesiology department.
Bradford taught in Baton Rouge before moving to Lake Charles. She taught math and physical education at S.P. Arnett and Westlake High School before retiring for 19 years to raise her two children. She returned to teaching math at Our Lady Queen of Heaven before taking the principal’s post at ICCS in 2001.
“My most rewarding experiences center around improving this awesome school’s impact for our students, our families, and the betterment of our overall community,” Bradford said.
“I truly believe the cathedral school is best defined by its high standards and loving and caring environment and feel privileged to have contributed to its successes.”
The diocesan school board will conduct a statewide search for a new principal.