The success of Christian Brothers High School through the years can be attributed to a number of sources: strong leadership; involved parents; committed faculty; loyal alumni; and dedicated board members. These are what have sustained the LaSallian tradition of CBHS in Memphis for 143 years.
Much of the school’s success is also the result of the financial support of our family members. This support enables the school to do a variety of things that go beyond what tuition allows.
Brother Chris Englert, FSC
·Brother Chris Englert is president of Christian Brothers High School. He was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. A product of Catholic schools through college, Br. Chris attended St. Catharine grade school and La Salle High School. After high school graduation, Br. Chris joined the Christian Brothers and came to Memphis to attend Christian Brothers University. He graduated in 1977 with a degree in the humanities. From Memphis, Br. Chris returned for four years to his alma mater, La Salle, to teach religion and English. In 1981 he moved just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati to Newport, Kentucky, where he taught religion and English until 1984. The next move took Br. Chris to Kansas City O'Hara High School, and the position of dean of students. Then in 1989 it was back to Memphis, where he was assistant principal of CBHS for one year. He has been president since the fall of 1990.
·Nancy Lanigan is Director of Institutional Development and leads the effort to continually build and maintain a first class development office and build consensus on behalf of the school and its loyal constituency. Nancy’s primary role is to provide professional assistance and leadership to the President in conducting a comprehensive development and institutional advancement program for CBHS in order to achieve the fullest attainment of the school’s mission. Nancy works closely with the various boards and committees and is actively involved with many functions on the CBHS campus.
· John Goode (CBHS '07) is the Director of the CBHS Annual Fund, which bridges the “gap” between what tuition covers versus what it truly costs to educate a Brothers' Boy.
· Janet Hill is the Director of Alumni Relations and works closely with our alumni, more than 10,900 Brothers’ Boys, who are a strong and important voice for the boys and the Lasallian tradition throughout the city, the country, and the world.
· Ken Kimble (CBHS ’92) is the Director of the Capital Campaign and Foundations. He leads a team of staff and volunteers in the development and execution of capital projects and major gift fundraising.
Brother Joel McGraw, FSC
· Brother Joe McGraw (CBHS ’63) serves as Special Assistant to the Presiident. He also serves as full-time Archivist for the school, assists the Development Office in various capacities, and continues to teach in the classroom.
· Cindy Werner, who handles the administrative duties in the office, is the first voice you hear when you call our offices and is also the first face you see when you come into our offices in Stephen Hall. She processes any donations that come into the school and manages donor files.
The Annual Fund bridges the “gap” between what tuition covers versus what it truly costs to educate a Brothers' Boy. By also supporting arts, athletics, and activities, the Annual Fund, also, serves as the funding source for the entire Brothers' Boy experience, both inside and outside the walls of CBHS. A strong Annual Fund allows CBHS to continue its mission of providing a college-preparatory education that is inclusive and affordable for the people in the Memphis area.
Another key element in the school’s long-term success is capital fund raising, which meets the need for big-ticket items. For example, the Building the Future campaign raised $3.3 million in pledges to fund construction of a new academic wing and renovation of athletic facilities. Unlike the annual fund, gifts to the capital campaign are usually made as pledges, and are paid over time. This allows contributors to make more substantial gifts to projects with greater costs. Class reunion gifts such as the Class of 1959 sign campaign, the Class of 1960 bell project, and other building projects such as the band room addition campaign are other examples of capital fund raising. This type of fund raising takes place as the administration and the board of directors identify future needs.
Memorial gifts and honoraria not only help CBHS, but are a good way to remember a loved one or to show respect for a friend. Memorial gifts may be designated by the family for a specific purpose, or they may be used as the school sees fit. Growing in popularity the past few years has been the idea of recognizing a living individual by making a gift, or honorarium, to CBHS in his or her name. The school has received gifts of this type to mark birthdays, graduations, promotions, retirements, anniversaries – any occasion or event the donor sees fit.
The administration, faculty and staff of CBHS work hard to be worthy of the tremendous support offered by our family members. So many parents, grandparents, alumni and friends contribute time and talents to the school; many more contribute through their financial support. The school’s ongoing success depends on this partnership, as we continue preparing young men for the challenges of 21st century living.