I am devastated to share with our community some heartbreaking news.
Sean Hughes, principal of Lower Merion High School for more than 14 years, was killed in a collision this morning, while driving his son to a soccer game. His son, Nolan, who was in the car, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. In addition to Nolan, Mr. Hughes is survived by his wife, Kristi, son Jack, and daughter Kate.
Mr. Hughes was beloved by thousands of students who passed through the halls of Lower Merion over the years. He knew most of them by name and always had time to listen to their concerns, cheer them on and support their accomplishments. 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. 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 overstatement to say his impact on his students is immeasurable.
The staff at Lower Merion High School, and throughout the District, were Mr. Hughes's extended family. Everyone is shocked and heartbroken. It is hard for anyone to imagine Lower Merion High School without Mr. Hughes at the helm. Other administrators from throughout the District will support LM's assistant principals and staff in the coming weeks to ensure that students continue to be supported and served.
Mr. Hughes also served as President of the Central Athletic League, and we know that it is not only our community that is feeling his loss.
In order for clinical staff from across the District to support Lower Merion High School staff and students, all 10 Lower Merion schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Lower Merion High School on Monday will be postponed.
We will share additional information about LMSD support opportunities for students prior to Sunday evening. In the meantime, parents and guardians are urged to speak with their children who may need help processing this news. Additional resources are available here: https://trello.com/b/KzPr8or5/virtual-montgomery-county-resource-expo.
I know that our entire community joins me in sending our deepest condolences to the Hughes family at this impossibly difficult time.
Khalid N. Mumin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools