Administration | Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Administration


Brad Griffith

Brad Griffith - Principal

Principal
Building

Pablo Flinn

Associate Principal
12th Grade

Elizabeth Grana

Assistant Principal
11th Grade

Beth Rapoff

Assistant Principal
10th Grade

Mike Tarpey

Dean of Students
9th Grade

Sweeney LaBarge

Interim Director of
Activities

Administration Bios & Responsibilities

Brad Griffith

Brad Griffith joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2013 as principal.  Prior to his current position, he served as an associate principal in 2012.  Brad came to the Ladue School District from Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as Assistant Dean of Students since 2006. He has served as Head Teacher at Georgetown Preparatory Day School and as Head Teacher at Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis. Griffith received his master’s in education from Johns Hopkins University, his master’s in political science from American University, and his bachelor’s in history and education from the University of Iowa. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Louis University.  

Responsibilities

  • Policy Formation
  • Business & Budget Activities
  • The Collaborative School
  • Leadership Funding
  • High School Professional Development Committee & Funding
  • Building Leadership Team/Department Chairs
  • Teacher Recruitment and Employment
  • Discipline Appeals
  • High School Calendars
  • Faculty Handbook
  • Student Enrollment and Records
  • Social Studies Curriculum Committee
  • Community Relations/Liaison
    • Dads Club
    • Parents Association
    • Alumni Association
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation:
    • Administrators, Social Studies

Pablo Flinn

Pablo Flinn joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2013 as associate principal. Prior to coming to LHWHS, Pablo served as a special educator in various settings across St. Louis County and as an administrator with the Special School District of St. Louis County. Pablo attended University of Missouri-St. Louis and completed his bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree to become a certified reading specialist.

He completed a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University. Pablo will have his education specialist degree conferred in the summer of 2015. Pablo has a daughter who is a 2014 graduate of LHWHS and a soon to be fifth-grade son who is often seen in the halls of the high school running errands and studying after school with his high school mentors.

Responsibilities

  • Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • Testing Coordinator (EOC/PLAN/PSAT)
  • Title I Coordinator
  • Testing Center
  • Semester Exam Make-Ups
  • Practical Arts/Fine Arts Curriculum Committee
  • New Teacher Coordinator
  • Student Handbook
  • Student Teachers
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Graduation/Commencement Ceremony
  • Supervisory Assistants
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation:
    • Practical Arts, Fine & Performing Arts, Personal & College
    • Counseling, Special Electives (Study Strategies, Reading, Math Enrichment, ESL)

Elizabeth Grana

Liz Grana joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2013 as an assistant principal. Prior to her position as assistant principal, Liz taught physical education and health at LHWHS. She attended Jacksonville University in Florida and played basketball. She completed her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health and her master’s degree in educational administration from Missouri Baptist University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Responsibilities

  • Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • High School Professional Development Committee
  • Front Office Manager
  • Science/MCL Curriculum Committees
  • Homecoming/Prom
  • Parking
  • Faculty Supervision & Evaluation:
    •   MCL & Science

Dr. Beth Rapoff

Beth Rapoff joined the Ladue Horton Watkins High School team in 2014 as an assistant principal. Prior to coming to LHWHS, Beth was an English teacher and an assistant principal in Illinois. She attended the University of Evansville and played soccer. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  She earned her doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Responsibilities

  • Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • Open House & Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Evaluation/Communication Arts/Math Curriculum Committees
  • Master Schedule
  • Scheduling Handbook
  • Room Utilization
  • Student IDs
  • Faculty Supervision & Evaluation:
    • English & Math & IT

Mike Tarpey

Mike Tarpey joined Ladue Horton Watkins High School in 1999 as a business and marketing teacher. For the last eight years he has been an administrator. He attended Eastern Illinois and received his bachelor’s degree in finance and completed his master’s degree in Administration from Lindenwood University. Mike is is currently pursuing his specialist degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University.

Mike has been the head football coach at Ladue Horton Watkins High School for the last eight years.

Responsibilities

  • Discipline, Development, Attendance, Class and Parent Meetings
  • Freshmen Transition (Freshman Advisory, Link Program, 8th Grade Parent meetings)
  • New Student Orientation
  • Awards/Recognition Programs, Scholarship Committee, Ram Pride, Senior Awards
  • A+ Coordinator
  • ISS
  • Community Service Coordinator
  • Fitness Center Supervision

Sweeney LaBarge

 

Responsibilities

  • Activities Administration
  • Coaches/evaluations/recruitment/hiring
  • Health/Physical Education Curriculum Committee
  • Safety Coordinator—Emergency Drills
  • Blue/White Night, Bonfire, Pep Rallies
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Dads Club Liaison
  • Facility Reservations (HS Building Reservations/District Gyms)
  • Activities Fundraising
  • Field Trips
  • Faculty Supervision and Evaluation:
    • PE/Health

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