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On September 1, 2020, the De La Salle High School Board of Trustees announced that school President, Mark DeMarco ‘78, will be retiring at the end of the 2020-21 school year. Mark DeMarco has served as the De La Salle President since 2007, when he was named the school’s first Alumni President.

A graduate and former teacher, DeMarco was appointed by the Board of Trustees as President of De La Salle High School on July 1, 2007. With broad experience in administration, organizational and strategic planning, he has more than 30 years in educational teaching and management stretching from elementary through high school. Prior to returning to De La Salle in 2007, DeMarco served as assistant, then Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Oakland. He has served on a number of boards throughout his career including the California Catholic State Superintendents (chair), the Western Catholic Education Association, the University of San Francisco Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership and the California Private School Advisory Committee where he was appointed by the State Superintendent for Public Instruction.

Under DeMarco’s leadership at De La Salle, the school completed a highly successful comprehensive campaign that led to the building of a new Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STREAM) Innovation Center, the Ladouceur Athletic Performance Center, and a new Learning Center. During the campaign, the school secured the largest individual gift to a high school in the country (at the time of gift) $25 million from the late Kenneth H. Hofmann, which included a $15 million endowment for financial aid. 

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