Alumni Fill Top Positions at Damien High School
Two alumni have been named to top leadership positions at Damien High School in La Verne after nationwide searches.
Dr. Joseph Siegmund, Ph.D., has been appointed president of Damien High School, announced Archdiocese of Los Angeles Superintendent of Schools Paul M. Escala. Dr. Siegmund’s father taught at Damien for nearly 10 years. A native of La Verne, Dr. Siegmund was a member of Our Lady of Assumption parish in Claremont. He comes to the role with significant experience in business and higher education.
“I am humbled and excited to return to Damien High School to serve as president,” he said. “As a member of Damien High School Class of ’86 and a current parent of a Spartan, it is truly an honor to fill this position. It is my hope that I will emulate the service, commitment to our faith and God’s people provided by St. Damien and the Sacred Hearts.”
Dr. Siegmund in turned announced that Dr. Michel-Anthony Castillo, Ed.D., has been appointed as principal of Damien High School. Dr. Castillo, who graduated in Damien’s Class of 2000, has a long and storied history with Damien and Pomona Catholic High School, dating back to the 1950s when his grandmother attended Pomona Catholic. His father, Ron Castillo, Class of ’79, is a current Damien faculty member, and his brother Nicholas was a member of the Class of 2005.
“I am deeply honored to have been entrusted with this leadership opportunity and I am grateful for the chance to return to Damien,” Dr. Castillo said. “While so much may seem uncertain at the moment, I am confident that our work in the spirit of St. Damien will ensure our future success and well-being. It is my hope that Damien continues to thrive as a Catholic high school and as a faith community.”
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