Brannick to leave as principal

at Bonner/Prendergast

DREXEL HILL The Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School principal is leaving at the end of the school year to become the director of technology for grades nine to 12 at the Philadelphia Archdiocese Office of Catholic Education.

William E. Brannick was at the helm two years ago when the archdiocese announced that the school, in Upper Darby Township, might close. After a huge fund-raising effort, it won a reprieve.

"This has been a heart-wrenching decision as the Bonner and Prendie community have been an integral part of my life since 1993, when I enrolled as a student in my junior year," Brannick wrote in a letter on the school's website.

Brannick, principal since 2007 after the merger of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High Schools, started his education career as a business and technology teacher at the school, and also coached track and football. Last winter, after several snow days and facing another shutdown, Brannick instituted "cyber school" for students who were stuck at home so they wouldn't have to make up more missed days. - Kathy Boccella