Father Ryan High School president accepts Florida school position


Jim McIntyre, president of Father Ryan High School, Nashville’s largest Catholic high school, announced Thursday that he would step down at the end of the school year.

At the end of his 17th year with Father Ryan, McIntyre will be the longest-serving principal of the oldest Catholic high school in the Catholic Diocese of Nashville. He moved to Orlando to serve as president of Lake Highland Preparatory School.

“Jim has been a strong supporter of Catholic education and a steadfast hand in building Father Ryan High School into a premier institution,” said Bishop of Nashville, J. Mark Spalding, in A press release.

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McIntyre has been running the school since 2005, when he became principal. In 2007 he remained as head of the school, but his post became president, a first for Father Ryan.

During McIntyre’s tenure, Father Ryan raised over $ 40 million and his enrollment increased by 75 students, to a total of 875 in Grades 9 to 12 today. The school has also expanded its campus since 2005, adding a sports complex with the first stadium on the school’s campus, a fitness center, and renovations and expansions of the university building.

The school began hosting Relay For Life in 2010, which has grown into the largest student-run relay in the country. This year, he raised over $ 175,000 for cancer research.

“We have remained true to our mission of being a living gospel experience and in doing so we have helped make Father Ryan High School the national standard for Catholic education,” McIntyre said in A press release.

In addition to directing Father Ryan, McIntyre served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools from 2018 to 2020.

Liam Adams covers religion for The Tennessean. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @liamsadams.


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