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President's Educational Biography


In 1998, Philip Clarke became the Founder, Principal, and President of Arroyo Pacific Academy.  Previously, since 1988, Philip was the Principal of La Salle High School in Pasadena and was responsible for implementing coeducation, implementing a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and directing the building of a new science wing and dining hall.  From 1996-1998 Philip served as the President of both La Salle and Cathedral High Schools and was responsible for growing their Development Department and Fundraising programs.

Philip Clarke is somewhat of a world traveler. He completed his B.S. degree at the National University of Ireland and began his professional career as a Science/Math teacher at De La Salle College High School in South Africa.  He returned to Ireland to teach near Belfast, while completing his teaching credential and graduate program in Business.

Philip’s first teaching assignment in the United States was at Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, where he served as Vice Principal.  While there, he completed his Masters Degree in Private School Administration at the University of San Francisco.  Philip ultimately became the Principal at Sacred Heart High School, where he played a key role in the merger with a local girl’s high school to create the first, Catholic coeducational college preparatory high school in San Francisco, Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.

Philip has served on numerous educational advisory boards and committees including his present service as a board member and as a consultant to local private schools. He has been a facilitator and/or speaker at conferences, workshops and strategic planning meetings.

Regionally and locally recognized, and publicly commended for his outstanding educational leadership, and consistently working to serve the needs of students, Philip Clarke has been honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Mayor of the City of Pasadena, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and by the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Arcadia.

When the City of Arcadia proclaimed Philip Clarke Day in 2006, Philip was recognized for making a tremendous impact on the lives of many students and their families.  With the opening of the Clarke Center in 2012, Philip was once again honored by the City of Arcadia for his dedication to education.  December 2, 2012, was declared Philip Clarke Day.

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