Pittsburgh, PA – Central Catholic High School is pleased to announce Brother Anthony T. Baginski, FSC, as the school’s new principal. “Central Catholic, a Diocesan School, under the leadership of the Christian Brothers since its opening in 1927 has a proud tradition of educating Men of Faith, Scholarship, and Service. I am honored to be named as the next principal and look forward to educating these young men who are our future leaders in our churches, community, and professions.”
Brother Robert Schaefer, FSC, who completed seven years as principal and 20 of his 26 years as a Christian Brother at Central Catholic, has been called to Rome, Italy by the Superior General of the Christian Brothers to be part of his administration in service to the international Lasallian Mission. We thank Brother Bob for his years of service to Central Catholic and wish him the best in his next endeavor.
Br. Tony came to Central Catholic in 2011 as a Math Teacher, Department Chair, and Assistant Wrestling Coach. Three years ago, he became the Director of Academic Technology and has been instrumental in the design and outfitting of the Zupancic Family STEM Building. He has overseen the curricular development, staffing, and implementation of a dozen new STEM electives. “The opening of the new STEM building for the fall semester gives Central Catholic the needed space to fully implement our STEM program and better serve our students. The Zupancic Family STEM Building is positioned to be a resource to the community for after school, weekend, and summer programs.”
His path to Brotherhood, and ultimately principal of Central Catholic, has been an interesting one. Upon graduating from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1991, with a B.S. in Math and Computer Science, Brother Tony spent eleven years as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. During that time, he earned both an M.B.A and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. After leaving the Coast Guard to discern a vocation, he taught at Saint Bernard School in Uncasville, CT. From 2007-2009, he served as principal of the school.
Brother Tony met the De La Salle Christian Brothers at Saint Bernard School, and over the next seven years came to know the Brothers and their vocation. “What drew me to the Brothers was their commitment to provide ‘…a human and Christian education’ to the students they teach, and the focus on community and supporting each other in their vocation.”
This summer, Br. Tony will complete his M.A. in Theology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program for Instructional Technology at Duquesne University.