Brother John Campbell, S.M.
Brother John H. Campbell, S.M., was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 18, 1940, the second child of Mal and Jack Campbell. He attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York, before entering the Novitiate in August 1958 and professed his First Vows in September as a member of the Society of Mary in 1959.
In August 1962, Brother John graduated from the University of Dayton with a B. S. Degree, in Biology.
Chaminade High School was starting its third year of existence, when in 1962, Brother John H. Campbell, S.M., was sent to Hollywood to teach Biology, Math and Religion. In addition to his teaching assignment, Brother John began Chaminade's cross-country and track team and saw four of his athletes qualify for state competition that first year.
In the years that followed, "going to state" became characteristic of Brother John's cross country teams, teams which were State Champions three times and runner up twice. During this same period, Brother John was awarded Coach of the Year by various newspapers a total of twenty times.
In 1964, Brother John left Chaminade to work as an Assistant Novice Director, and at this time he began his studies at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology.
Brother John returned to Chaminade in 1968, and taught Religious Psychology. In 1973 he became the school psychologist. He was also a member of the Administrative Council since its formation in 1971. In 1985 he assumed the role of first President of Chaminade High School. He was very involved in the merger of Chaminade High School with Madonna Academy, until 1989, when we became Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory.
In 1995, Brother John began his second term as President of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory. Brother John loves the school. His visionary leadership has been evident in the positive changes the school has experienced.
His love for those less fortunate has been clearly defined in his commitment toward expanding the tuition assistance program. Under his leadership, tuition assistance has reached a record high of $400,000! Brother John will take a sabbatical next school year and will return energized and ready to assist C-M wherever he is needed.