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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

Moving Past Fear With Faith

One summer, a young woman, Cheryl, approached our church for some help.  She had fallen on hard times and was having trouble making ends meet.  Besides providing financial assistance, our church looked to help her in other ways as well.

The Role of Faith – In Uncertain Times

Only a few weeks after I obtained my driver’s license, I was pressed into driving my whole family home from a long trip during a torrential thunderstorm. We were traveling from my grandparent’s cabin in northern Minnesota back to our home in Minneapolis with my mother, three sisters and my aunt all packed in the car.

Distance Learning

I’d been coaching cross country at a small, private military boarding school for a few years and had developed a fairly good team. One day, I came up with an idea that would challenge all of us to move beyond the familiar.

The Locker Thief

Lessons from our past can often serve as guideposts for our future.  When I was in middle school, my friend and I asked the history teacher for permission to go to the library and grab a few books for an upcoming research paper. 

Facing Disappointment as a Child

Students sometimes need us to help them navigate through disappointment.  Managing and navigating the course however, can be challenging because what causes disappointment in a teen’s life isn’t always easily understood.

The Capsized Sailboat

It was the summer of 2005, and I was the sailing instructor for an all-male, summer adventure program. The independent school where I taught wanted to increase revenue by offering a summer program and they needed a sailing instructor.

John K. Thornburg
Headmaster, Malden Catholic High School