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Welcome to St. Mary Catholic Community School! Tradition Since 1872

Mr. L. Thomas Ruiz
Principal
St. Mary's Staff Since 2006

Why I am Principal at St. Mary's...

I believe that God brought me here for a reason.

St. Mary Catholic Community School educates children in faith, academics, life lessons, and compassion. We have been successfully doing this for more than 140 years! When I first arrived at St. Mary’s, I felt as though I was taken back in time. The level of respect that students and their parents have for the faculty and staff was and still is incredible!

We are blessed to have Father Pat Kalich, our pastor and leader, who believes very strongly in Catholic education. We have an amazing and dedicated teaching staff, committed parents, and wonderful students. Together, we create an educational environment where each student is valued and feels at home here. Our high test scores are just one indicator of the caliber of education offered at St. Mary's School. If you spend five minutes in our building, you will experience the positive energy, welcoming atmosphere, and sense of a faith-filled community.

I am also a St. Mary’s parent. My two children attend St. Mary’s and I could not imagine a better place for them to thrive academically, socially, and spiritually. My wife and I have made life-long friends here. We find great comfort in knowing our children experience an expansion of the same spiritual and moral values that we have instilled in our home throughout their school day.

It is my honor and privilege to be principal of St. Mary's School. I look forward to coming to school every day and feel truly blessed to do so. Feel free to give me a call if you would like to learn more about St. Mary’s School.

Education:
Bishop Noll Institute, Class of 1990
IU, Bachelor of Science (Secondary Education, Science)
IUPUI, Master of Science (Administration)

Extra-Curricular Activities:
Environmental Club, Dads’ Basketball
, St. Mary's Ministry of Sports and Leisure

Personal:
I enjoy playing sports and spending time outdoors with my family hiking, canoeing, and fishing.

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