After 25 years, Principal Mary Lyons Retires

After 25 years, Principal Mary Lyons Retires


Two days of celebrations could not even begin to show the appreciation the Saint Joseph of Cupertino (SJC) community has for their beloved principal, Mary Lyons.

After 25 years at the helm of the school, she has seen and done it all. Her many accomplishments were mentioned at festivities in her honor and included increasing enrollment (it has had healthy enrollment since), adding a variety of academic programs, and numerous capital improvement projects including the founding of the Junior Jaguars Preschool and Milani baseball field.

In 25 years, Mary Lyons made a lot of memories and touched so many lives.

On May 20, the school honored Ms. Lyons with a San Francisco Giants themed Principal’s Day with tributes by the Student Council, cheers from the cheerleaders and yell leaders, gifts of San Francisco Giants gear (Ms. Lyons is a longtime fan), and a specially hand crafted replica of the school. The assembly culminated with a song and dance routine performed by the school staff, and words from Michael Lee, current Vice Principal and incoming Principal. He thanked Ms. Lyons and the community for creating the “team approach” to education, which is the hallmark of a great school.

After a ballpark inspired staff luncheon, it was the teachers versus eighth grade softball game to end the day. Two days later a special Mass was held in honor of Ms. Lyons’ 25 years of service at SJC. Friends and family of Ms. Lyons attended along with alumni, former staff, former school families, and current SJC students and families.