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Mr. M. Daly, Principal

Mr. M. Daly, Principal

B.Sc. (Boston University)

Mark Daly was born to James and Margaret Daly and, with his two brothers Kevin and Brian, grew up on the West Mountain of Hamilton. A product of the HWCDSB, Mr. Daly attended St. Teresa of Avila CES and graduated from Cathedral Boys’ High School in 1988. Mr. Daly earned a Basketball Scholarship to Boston University where he played four years of NCAA Division I Basketball.

While a Terrier at BU, Mr. Daly earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, and met his future wife Rowena who is currently an elementary Principal at Regina Mundi CES. During his basketball career, Mr. Daly was Team Captain at BU and participated in the 1990 NCAA Tournament Championship. He was named an NCAA Academic All-America, was a 1992 Rhodes Scholar Finalist, represented Canada at the 1990 Pan-American Games, and played professional basketball for the Hamilton Skyhawks of the now defunct World Basketball League.

Mr. Daly’s Mathematics teaching career began in the Halton Catholic District School Board, where he taught for 5 ½ years at St. Thomas Aquinas CSS in Oakville, Ontario. He then taught at Bishop Ryan CSS for 2 ½ years, and at Cathedral High School for five more years until June of 2005. Mr. Daly then served CHS as Vice-Principal for 4 years before being appointed Principal of St. Jean de Brébeuf CSS in September of 2009. Throughout his career, Mr. Daly coached Senior Boys’ Basketball with both of his brothers winning numerous championships. Many of his former players went on to successful athletic and academic careers at the University and Professional levels.

After six enjoyable years at SJB, Mr. Daly returned to Cathedral in September of 2015 where he currently serves as Principal. Mr. Daly’s father James was previously Principal of Cathedral Boys’ High School from 1981-1985.

Mr. Daly and his wife are proud parents of four children: Miranda, Colin, Andrew and Sarah. Mr. Daly, his father, brothers, and all of his children have graduated from CHS.

Mr. Daly thanks God for all of his life’s blessing, and considers it an honor to serve the staff and students of Cathedral High School.
Ms. A. McCabe - Vice - Principal

Ms. A. McCabe - Vice - Principal

B.A. (McMaster University), Grad. Ed. Diploma (Niagara University), M.S. Ed. (Walden University)

Ms. McCabe always wanted to be a Catholic teacher. In her early years as a student at St. John the Baptist she mentored young students in the children’s choir. As a student at Bishop Ryan, she affirmed this call by refereeing basketball for the Catholic Youth Organization and working at CYO Camp Brebeuf. Ms. McCabe then went on to study History at McMaster University. During university, she began her high school coaching career, coaching basketball and volleyball at BR, as well as basketball at SJHN.

In 1988, Ms. McCabe was blessed to be hired to teach grade 8 at St. Ann’s Hamilton three weeks after starting her career as an occasional teacher. While coaching multiple sports at St. Ann’s, she began coaching at Cathedral High School. In 1991, she finally landed a position in high school at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, where she taught Health and Physical Education and Typing (on actual typewriters!).

In 1992, she landed her dream job at Cathedral High School, where she continued to teach for 26 years. In 2001, Ms. McCabe became the Department Head of Health and Physical Education/Co-Instructional. For the next seventeen years, she continued to lead her department by introducing sport focus courses, designing the “Green Room” fitness space, creating the Reach Out Elementary Program, starting the Kin-ball program, and coaching dozens of teams – including several championship teams.

In 2018, Ms. McCabe became a Vice-Principal at Bishop Tonnos CSS before returning to Cathedral in 2021. She is honoured to come back to the place she calls “home.” She knows that Cathedral is a special place, where there is a strong commitment to excellence.

Mr. R. Valeri - Vice Principal

Mrs. A. Galliani - Vice-Principal