The Holy Cross High School community is saddened to report that former President, Timothy J. McDonald passed away early morning on September 16, 2019. Mr. McDonald's strong leadership, dedication, and commitment brought Holy Cross High School to where it is today.
Mr. McDonald served the students, faculty, staff and families of Holy Cross High School for more than 40 years in many titles and capacities. He began his teaching career at Waterbury Catholic High School in 1968. He joined the Holy Cross community in 1971 serving as a member of the faculty, coaching staff, and Dean of Students. He was appointed Principal in 1989, followed by Vice President for Advancement and President in 2007, retiring in 2015. Mr. McDonald served on the Connecticut State Board of Education from 1995 -2007. In 2013, the Association of Catholic Admissions and Advancement Professionals presented him with the prestigious William A. MacNeill Award for his dedication and commitment to Catholic school. In 2016, he was inducted into Holy Cross High School's Crusader Hall of Honor.
Mr. McDonald was Holy Cross's first basketball coach and served in that capacity from 1970-1988. His long list of accomplishments include: undefeated seasons in 1973 and 1977; seven Naugatuck Valley League Championships; State Runner-up (Class LL, 1980-81 and 1981-82); State Championship (Class LL, 1987-88); and Connecticut High School Coaches' Association Coach of the Year, 1985-86. He served as a valued member of the CIAC Boys' Basketball Committee from 1985-1996. In 1980, he received the Phillip Casman Sportmanship Award and in 1998 the Waterbury Boys' Club Humanitarian Award. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Boys' Basketball Tournament Dedication Award.We will update the Holy Cross community as more details become available regarding services for Mr. McDonald. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.