Brother Campion McPartland, C.F.X.
Ninth Headmaster of Saint John’s (1929 – 1935)
Worcester Native (St. Ann’s Hill) and 1918 S.J. Graduate of Temple Street
Brother Campion McPartland, born in 1900, was a native of Worcester. He was raised in what old timers would call the Saint Ann’s Hill area. He graduated from Saint John’s on Temple Street, Class of 1918. He would return to his high school alma mater 9 years later in the habit of a Xaverian brother. From 1927–1929, at the age of 29, he was appointed the 9th principal of Saint John’s, a position he held for the next six years. During his first year as principal, the senior class, for the first time in the school’s history, was divided into two sections due to the large number of 4th year students, 58.
Brother Campion possessed a prestigious intellect.He epitomized the very meaning of the world scholar. He was a superb teacher of Latin and Greek, and a successful moderator of both the Philoponia and Drama Clubs. He could wax eloquent for hours on any and every topic under the sun.Perhaps no other Brother associated with Saint John’s is more deserving of being the patron of our Honor Society.
Brother Campion would teach for another 22 years upon leaving Saint John’s in 1935.Age did not dim his love for learning.In his mid-50’s, he enrolled at Fordham University with the intention of acquiring a 3rd masters degree. Having just returned from a doctor’s appointment in the fall of 1957, he collapsed of a heart attack and died in the community room of the Brothers’ residence at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. He was 57 years old and had been a Xaverian Brother for 39 years.