Meet St. Francis High School’s New Principal, Mrs. Tracy Traver

Dear St. Francis Community,

During this Advent season, as we await the Lord’s coming with joy and anticipation, I bring you good news of our own and reason for rejoicing. Upon the unanimous recommendation of our Principal Search Committee, I am happy to announce that Mrs. Tracy Traver will be the next principal of St. Francis High School, effective July 1, 2023.

As you may recall, we partnered with Carney Sandoe and Associates for our search. The team identified and reached out to a broad spectrum of national and local Catholic school educators; their due diligence provided us with a well-qualified pool of internal and external candidates. As the Search Committee considered input received from the Community Survey regarding leadership and the academic priorities for St. Francis at this time, Tracy stood out as an approachable, compassionate, equitable, forward looking, Franciscan leader. She understands and values the strengths of our school, appreciates the history, traditions, and virtues we hold dear, and is ready from day one to review our academic and co-curricular programs. She is looking forward to developing and overseeing a strategy that ensures we meet the needs of all our young men at this stage in their development as well as prepares them for college and the world in which they will live.

Her experience at St. Francis over the last sixteen years as an English teacher and Dean of Studies has allowed her to gain the enthusiastic support of her colleagues, earn the confidence of parents, and nurture respected relationships with students. Tracy is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, having earned a BA in English, MA in Secondary Education, MA in Catholic School Administration, as well as a California Clear Secondary Credential. She has served on two WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) Teams, was part of the WASC Visiting Team at St. John Bosco High School and has served on both the Holy Family High School and St. Bede School Advisory Boards. Tracy and her husband Scott, a Golden Knight, class of 1997, are blessed with two children, a 16-year-old daughter, Colleen, and 10-year-old son, James.

Tracy’s words in response to her nomination reflect the spirit and heart she demonstrated in the search interviews:

“I am humbled and honored to be named as the next principal of St. Francis High School. I look forward to continuing to promote the strong Capuchin Franciscan tradition, values, and academic excellence while also looking toward the future and seeking innovation and growth for our Golden Knights. I have been blessed to witness and benefit from the tremendous leadership of Tom Moran for the past sixteen years I have been at St. Francis, and I am committed to maintaining and advancing the culture he has built.”

Tracy will learn more about the day-to-day principal responsibilities from Tom during the remainder of this academic year. She will join all of us in celebrating his contributions to St.Francis High School and his loyal commitment to our educational mission. Please keep them both in your prayers as they prepare for the next chapters of their lives.

Thanks to the Principal Search Committee members for their tireless work on behalf of St. Francis High School. The Committee has learned much about the strengths as well as areas of growth for the school from its discussions and the Community Survey. This information will be shared with our administration and Board of Directors.


St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, (818) 790-0325 or visit






Pasadena Now has been published daily since April, 2004 and is among the very oldest continously operated community news websites in the U.S.

Pasadena Now strives to publish a full spectrum of news and information articles in service to the entire community. The publication will remain free to readers and will not erect paywalls.

Pasadena Now strives to provide factual, unbiased reporting. Our opinion section is open to all.