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Welcome from John

Welcome to Malden Catholic High School, the codivisional high school offering life-changing opportunities for young men and young women.  I am excited that you decided to take a closer look at our school and believe you will recognize the unique design and intention our codivisional model offers.  This model demonstrates a deep understanding of the needs of boys and girls and provides a pedagogically sound answer on how to meet those needs.  We are committed to bringing out the best in every student in a caring, nurturing environment where students are known and belong.  Going above and beyond for the students who enter our doors is the Malden Catholic way, or, as we like to say – Plus Ultra! (Latin for “more beyond!”) 

Within this community that recognizes faith and positive relationships as the key components of life-changing education stands our commitment to excellent in academics.  For over eighty-five years, it has always been our tradition to offer challenging coursework that meets students where they are.  Many of our graduates come back and tell us that a Malden Catholic education prepared them beyond their peers from other schools for their college coursework and professional endeavors.  


John K. Thornburg

The Vision

Founded upon the Xaverian Brothers charism, we strive to role-model and emphasize the life-changing transformation that faith offers.  The theme for this school 2019-20 year chosen by our students is United in Spirit, Intent on One Purpose.  Taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, the theme emphasizes the importance of the Xaverian spiritual value of humility in our relationships with each other.  Developing a strong spiritual theme which encourages faith development is important to us.  We believe faith is a critical part of today’s students reaching their full potential.

Headmaster's Reflections

Humility and Leadership

During my junior year in college, I attended a summer mission project in New Jersey.  The goal of the project was to provide college students opportunities to grow in their faith.  During the day we held down full-time jobs, the evenings were for faith formation and the weekends for community outreach and service.

Making Plans

There is a small, desolate island off the tip of Door County in Wisconsin.  It is called Rock Island and is accessible by a ferry for those wishing to visit the island.  The ferry is limited to only carrying people and runs a tight schedule during the day.  Most visitors come to hike during the day, but there are a few places where camping is allowed.  Campers are without electricity, running water or access to civilization. 

Finding a Level Place

We recently purchased an older home which we knew would need some major home improvements. Growing up in the Midwest, an older home was considered to be from the 1940s or so. I used to take my children to Old World Wisconsin where there is a series of themed villages built to historical specifications.

A Letter From The Headmaster

This spring has been a very difficult one for our school community.  The challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have erased what we considered normal for not just our school, but for all our families as well.

Paddling in a Straight Line

I used to work during the summers at an adventure camp for middle and high school boys.  There was an emphasis on leadership and during the program each student was given the opportunity to lead.  It was rewarding to see the boys’ transformation over the two-week program.

The Essence of Mother's Day

It was Mother’s Day this past weekend and I hope you had an opportunity to honor your mom or if you are a mother your children did something special for you.  We are truly blessed by the mothers in our Malden Catholic community who are teachers, staff and parents. 

John K. Thornburg
Headmaster, Malden Catholic High School