Leo President Dan McGrath is the 2021 recipient of the Civitate Dei Award from the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools.  

Based on the “City of God” writings of St. Augustine, the award recognizes those who “seek to establish a positive culture within the school community, assuring all are welcomed and treated with respect … while building bridges to the neighborhood and the larger community through communication and collaboration.”  

Dr. Jim Rigg, the outgoing Catholic Schools Superintendent, and Deputy Superintendent John Glimco, who oversees archdiocesan high schools, presented the award to President McGrath at a school assembly on Tuesday, May 25.

A 1968 Leo graduate, Dan McGrath is completing his 11th year as the school’s president after a lengthy career in journalism, including 13 years as sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. 

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition, and grateful for the archdiocese’s support,” President McGrath said. “Everything we do at Leo we do as a team, so I accept this honor on behalf of the Leo team.”