A great coach's legacy

Thank you for recognizing the work of baseball coach Dave Norton ("Mount St. Joseph coach retires after 30 years," Aug. 17). As the baseball coach for the Mount, Mr. Norton occupies a well-deserved place of honor among the leaders in Maryland high school sports.

It is great to see him receive the recognition for his hard work and excellent results over three decades. But to tell the whole story of Mr. Norton, The Sun needs to look beyond the field and into the classrooms and halls of one of the state's finest institutions. Mr. Norton is a leader in that arena too.

For many years preceding his recent elevation to principal, Mr. Norton was a classroom teacher as well as its assistant principal and director of studies. In his academic leadership positions at the Mount, Mr. Norton played a central role in the development and nurturing of the Mount's extraordinary academic programs.

Serving and guiding young men of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including those with special needs and learning differences, Mr. Norton, along with the incredible assembly of dedicated educators that he is blessed to work beside, has consistently delivered on the Mount's Xaverian mission of "forging boys into men, men who matter." In the game of life, Mr. Norton's team of teachers, counselors and administrators have a truly winning record.

As a parent of one of those young men of the Mount, I want to say how much we appreciate the work that Mr. Norton and his team do off the field, as much as we are proud of their many accomplishments between the lines.

In an era when we read so much bad news about education outcomes, divisions and failures, I would strongly recommend an in-depth story on the treasure that is Mount Saint Joseph High School. It would find an inclusive culture that is simultaneously demanding and nurturing, disciplined and fun loving.

Thanks to people like Mr. Norton, president George Andrews, and the legacy leadership team of principle Barry Fitzpatrick and the late president Brother James Kelly, and to all the loving and selfless teachers and administrators the culture of the Mount endures and thrives — producing men who matter.

Mark Leuba, Ellicott City

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