ICCS looks for replacement as principal retires

By By Nichole Osinski / American Press

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


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.