La Salle College Preparatory in Pasadena has announced a new principal to take the helm of the co-ed Catholic high school this summer.
Jamal Adams will become principal of the school effective July 1, La Salle said in a written statement.
He comes to La Salle from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, where he serves as director of faculty and director of diversity and inclusion. He is also head coach of the Loyola Boys Varsity Basketball Team.
“Notably, Adams will become La Salle’s first black principal in the school’s 65-year history,” according to the statement.
He will replace Principal Courtney Kassakhian, who announced in December she plans to leave the position.
“As an educator, academic leader and coach, I am excited to begin this journey at La Salle,” Adams said. “With the support of the entire school community, I am confident that I will be able to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of each student, in the spirit of La Salle’s founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. I look forward to getting started and working hard to help the school reach its fullest potential.”
La Salle hired an educational and academic search firm to assist in finding the right candidate, according to the school.
La Salle President Perry Martin welcomed Adams aboard.
“I am thrilled to have Jamal join our Lasallian community and I’m excited for the breadth of experience, thoughtfulness, and perspective he will bring to our school,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of our principal search committee and the important insights this team of professionals provided throughout the selection process. We worked collaboratively and independently reached the same conclusion as to who we’d like to see as our next principal.”
More information on La Salle College Preparatory is available on the school’s website at lasallehs.org.