Back to School: New Principal at St. Anthony’s as Brother Gary Departs

St. Anthony’s High School has a new principal who has stepped into the role held for 16 years by Brother Gary Cregan, OSF.

Leading the Catholic high school in South Huntington is Brother David Migliorino, OSF, who previously served as principal of Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, Mo. He is a native of Brooklyn, and serves as a member of the General Council of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn.   

 Brother Gary resigned as principal in August, after leading the school through several major construction projects, including the recent Science Center and Medical Education Lab, as well as the school’s Chapel and Student Center over a decade ago.

He also increased the quality and number of advanced courses added to the curriculum, and said, “It has been a distinct pleasure and joy to serve as principal of Saint Anthony’s High school for sixteen years.  The spirit of the faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni has been a great gift to me, and I am humbled to have been the leader of this amazing school which has instilled Catholic faith and education in thousands of students on Long Island.  I am so grateful that the newly appointed principal will bring dynamic energy, professional experience, and Franciscan joy to Saint Anthony’s.  He will certainly ensure that the school will continue to flourish and grow well into the future.”  

Migliorino holds numerous degrees in education and administration from Saint Francis College, Brooklyn; Saint John’s University; and Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Mo.  Before becoming an administrator, Brother David taught American and World History at St. Francis Prep  in Fresh Meadows, St. Joseph High School inTrumbull, Conn., and St. John the Baptist in St. Louis.  He then transferred to Notre Dame where he served as both a teacher and an administrator: “l loved my 20 years at Notre Dame. It is not just a school, but a family of faith. I have been so blessed to have been such a small part of that family.”

 Coming to a school with a population of almost 2,500 students from a school with a population of around 500 students presents big challenges, but Brother David said, “’It is wonderful to be back in New York but to be honest I am home anytime l am with students and teachers.”

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