Dan McGrath, a 1968 Leo High School graduate, has been Leo’s president since 2010. A graduate of the Marquette University College of Journalism, Mr. McGrath enjoyed a 40-year career in the newspaper business, the last 13 as sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. Leo has achieved a 100 percent graduation rate among its seniors in each of Mr. McGrath’s 12 years as president. He has overseen renovations to the school’s gym, auditorium, courtyard and athletic field and set school records for fundraising, but he regards the hiring of Shaka Rawls as Leo’s principal in 2016 as his most significant move. A member of the Leo High School Hall of Fame, Mr. McGrath was named Leo Alumni Association Man of the Year in 2015 and was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League Hall of Fame in 2018. He and his wife Jo-Anna have two grown children and a granddaughter, Maddie McG.
“It’s a point of pride with us that more than half the gentlemen who work at Leo High School are Leo High School graduates. We believe Leo helped us get off to a good start in life, and we want to pay it forward for the young men coming along today. The fact that our Alumni support is second to none, in the city and perhaps the country, underscores our belief that Leo is a very special place, and that membership in the Leo Family is a very special blessing. A lot of residents, a lot of businesses, even a fair number of churches have abandoned the Auburn Gresham community over the years, but Leo stayed put and remained true to its mission: to prepare our young men for lives as responsible, productive, caring and capable citizens. It’s an honor to be involved with that mission.”