Ana Hernández will step down as principal of Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School (CRDLS) effective June 30, 2021. The announcement was made by Hernández and school president Stephen Murphy.
Hernández, who began her tenure in 2017 as CRDLS’ founding principal, said, “I’ve recently accepted another leadership role at a different school, beginning July 1, 2021. I will be stepping down at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year. It is time for someone with new ideas and a renewed sense of commitment to lead our community into its exciting next phase.”
As founding principal, Hernández worked to establish the school and its Lasallian mission in its Fruitvale neighborhood in central Oakland, California. Under her leadership, CRDLS’ first faculty was assembled to welcome its inaugural student body into its Lasallian educational tradition and Cristo Rey work-study scholastic model.
“Words fail,” Murphy added, “to express the monumental impact that Ms. Hernández has had – and will continue to have – upon our Cristo Rey De La Salle family. Ms. Hernández has been a stabilizing force of our school community since we first opened our doors to our students. She will leave many great legacies, but possibly the greatest is that Ms. Hernández will depart from us with our school community in an extraordinary place of mission success, academic excellence, and high-quality care for our students.”
Included in Hernández’s announcement to the CRDLS community was the message, “CRDLS will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It is not every day that one has the opportunity to be a Founding Principal, let alone a Founding Principal of such an incredible school. My Mustangs, YOU have taught me so much. Don’t lose sight of your dream, don’t allow for other’s decisions to deter you, on the other hand, always remember that every challenge is an opportunity! Don’t wait for things to happen, GO out and make them happen.”
Murphy stated that a search committee to identify Hernández’s successor is being formed and will be conducted in collaboration with the San Francisco New Orleans District Office of Education and the Cristo Rey Network.