Who is Sean Hughes? Sean Hughes was the principal of Lower Merion High School for more than 14 years. He is survived by his wife, Kristi, and children.
Most of his students throughout the years he knew by name, staff members say, and he always had time to listen to their concerns. Students left flowers and notes outside his office window at the school. A senior Action News spoke with says he was well-loved by students.
“Our four years at Lower Merion have been filled with such tragedy,” said senior Sophia Kagan. “With Kobe Bryant’s passing and COVID and now this, and we were really looking forward to having him see us grow up after all that.”
Hughes also served as president of the Central Athletic League, which includes Harriton High School, where senior David Brosman attends.
“All on snap chat, all on Instagram, everyone’s talking about it. It’s nuts. Like you don’t even think it would happen, but it did,” said Brosman.
Parents say they are grieving with their children. “There’s a big hole that’s being left not just at the Lower Merion High School community but all of Lower Merion,” said parent Bill Hillman.
Lower Merion Superintendent of Schools Dr. Khalid N. Mumin issued a statement that reads:
“They greeted him in the halls by calling out his signature nickname, ‘Huuuuuuughes.’ He welcomed each one at 9th-grade orientation and proudly handed out diplomas at their graduations. [Read Also: Who is Sophia Urista? Brass Against Singer Peed On Stage]
In the years between, he MC’ed their Amazing Ace competitions in his gold sequined jacket, inducted students into the National Honor Society, and recognized Merit Scholars.
He encouraged student voice at every turn, the door to his office was always open, and I know that many will carry his message of ‘character counts’ throughout their lives.
It is not an understatement to say his impact on his students is immeasurable.”
Mumin says administrators throughout the district will support the high school’s assistant principals and staff in the coming weeks to ensure that students continue to be supported during this difficult time.
All 10 Lower Merion schools will be closed on Monday amid the tragic incident. The COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Lower Merion High School on Monday will also be postponed.