Friday, April 19, 2024

William J. Lippe Named Principal of Delone Catholic High School

William J. Lippe HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Diocese of Harrisburg is pleased to announce that William J. Lippe has been named principal of Delone Catholic High School in McSherrystown. Mr. Lippe brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and love for Catholic education to this position. He will begin his role as principal on July 1, 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome Mr. William Lippe as principal of Delone Catholic High School. William has extensive experience and demonstrated leadership in Catholic education throughout his career and we look forward to having him join our Diocesan Catholic Education system,” said Bishop Ronald W. Gainer. “On behalf of the Diocese, I also wish to thank Mrs. Donna Tompkins for serving as Interim Principal of Delone Catholic for this past year. Her leadership and efforts during 2020, which was a challenging year for all schools, is a testimony to her dedication to Catholic education.”

“William brings mission-driven leadership and passion for Catholic education to his new role and he will be a great addition to Delone Catholic High School,” said Daniel J. Breen, Secretary for Education and Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese. “His experience, educational background and successful track record will be beneficial to Delone as the school strives for continued growth and success.”

“Following an extensive search and interview process, Mr. Lippe rose as the top candidate above a highly competitive group of professional educators, and we are thrilled he has accepted our offer,” said Dr. Eric M. Hillson, School Board President of Delone Catholic High School.

“Throughout this process, we were looking for a leader who is highly effective at cultivating a teaching and learning environment focused on the growth of students and staff. William is such a leader who will easily connect with parents, students, teachers, and alumni. He is a keen listener and problem solver with the energy and passion to assist Delone Catholic’s continued pursuit of being one of the best high schools in the area.

William has a warm presence, strong Catholic identity and extraordinary life experience. On behalf of the entire Delone Catholic School Board we are looking forward to him joining our Delone Family and helping us achieve our strategic goals.”

Mr. Lippe, a resident of Rhode Island, received his bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in education specializing in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and a master’s degree in Theological Studies from the Christendom Graduate School. Mr. Lippe served as the head of school for Saint Joseph of Cluny Sisters’ School in Newport, R.I., headmaster of Saint Michael the Archangel High School in Fredericksburg, Va., and head of the middle school for Saint Anselm’s Abbey School in Washington D.C.  He is also the co-founder of, an educational/technology startup company. Additionally, Mr. Lippe was a Peace Corps Volunteer and worked as a rural enterprise development extension agent in Sénégal, West Africa.

“I am delighted and humbled to be selected to lead Delone Catholic High School,” said Mr. Lippe. “I look forward to joining with all stakeholders to advance the School’s important mission of preparing students to lead lives of virtue and achievement.”

Delone Catholic offers a rigorous academic curriculum, in a faith based environment that encourages students in ninth through twelfth grades to use their intellect and to cultivate their particular talents. The school focuses on preparing students for a lifetime of continual learning, growth in virtue, service, integrity, responsibility, accountability and justice. Learn more about Delone Catholic by visiting

Delone Catholic High School and all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Harrisburg are accepting enrollments for the 2021/22 school year. The Diocese has approximately 9,000 students enrolled at 35 schools.  High School students in the Diocese typically have a graduation rate over 98% and annually are offered more than $40 million in scholarship funds. Please visit to learn more.

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