Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School in Park Slope recently welcomed its new principal, Thomas P. Arria, Jr., and new board chairman, Bishop Ford alum and former teacher, Myles Davis.
Arria takes over as the school’s permanent leader, replacing interim principal Sam Sued who returns to his role as vice principal. Arria has 39 years continuous leadership and teaching experience at the high school level with twelve years as a principal and headmaster.
“I have great respect for the deep-rooted history and rich community tapestry that makes up Bishop Ford High School today,” Arria said in a statement. “As someone who was inspired to the field of education by my own high school teachers and mentors, I am extremely honored to have been selected to articulate the school’s Catholic mission and philosophy to a new generation of students and graduates.”
Davis, born and raised in Bay Ridge, currently serves as senior vice president for Corporate Services at Lutheran HealthCare. He is a member of the Bishop Ford class of 1967 and in 2010 was inducted into the Bishop Ford Hall of Fame.
“It’s a new beginning for Bishop Ford as we chart our legacy for the next 50 years,” Davis said in a statement. “The challenges are great for Catholic schools today, but our commitment to paving the way to success for our student body remains as strong as ever.”
Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School, named after Brooklyn born Bishop Francis Xavier Ford, was established in 1962 and recently marked its 50th anniversary themed Faith in our Future.