Brother John Kane

Calvert Hall College High School

kane-johnAs Brother John Kane prepares to lead Calvert Hall College High School in its 175th-anniversary celebration in 2020, he is guiding the Catholic preparatory school to an even brighter future.

“The Baltimore region has many private school options and we must continue to adapt,” said Kane, a Christian Brother who has been president of the oldest Christian Brothers institution in the United States for five years. “We recognize the need to be on the cutting edge of educational innovation.”

Under Kane, Calvert Hall has updated its science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM program, improved its science labs and added a leadership academy, where students attend classes and interactive programs, and meet with community leaders to apply what they learned.

The school has started a $28 million capital campaign, and Kane was instrumental in the school receiving a $1 million leadership gift for the drive. Guided by a new strategic plan, Kane has overseen campus improvements such as a new learning commons, a greenhouse for the science and science, technology, engineering and mathematics program and a new 150,000-foot turfed athletic field.

To get the word out about the changes, Kane has supported a more aggressive marketing strategy that includes targeted social media and mail campaigns, TV and radio advertising, geofencing and nonprofit partnerships with Johns Hopkins University and other organizations.

Kane remains focused on the students amid the changes. “If we are to be true to our mission and provide an excellent Christian education, I recognize that innovation and growth come from a school where community is of the essence. This acts as a guide to all that I do as a leader.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Maryland's Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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