Inspired by the Benedictine Sisters, who provided a stimulating elementary school experience at Sacred Heart School in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, Dan Horn knew by the second grade that he wanted to teach. Realizing his dream, Dan taught in both public and Catholic schools on the East Coast and then moved to California, where he earned his master’s degree in administration from the University of San Francisco.
While continuing to work as a teacher and administrator, Dan has been instrumental in transforming two failing Los Angeles-area Catholic schools into national models of success.
Under his leadership as principal, St. Thomas the Apostle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The award was especially cherished by this innercity parish community since it led to a successful effort to have the Blue Ribbon Schools award program reinstated after the U.S. Congress had abruptly voted to cut the program’s funding.
St. Genevieve High School, where Horn is currently principal, has been named a National School of Character. The entire St. Genevieve faculty and staff traveled to Washington, DC to accept the award from the Character Education Partnership.