Local Community Mourns Loss of High School Principal After Tragic Car Crash

Lower Merion High School
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Lower Merion High School.

Sean Hughes, Lower Merion High School principal of 14 years, died in a car crash on Saturday while he was driving his son to a soccer game, writes Chris Palmer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The crash happened early in the morning in Winslow Township, Camden County. Hughes’s SUV collided with another SUV traveling in the opposite direction.

Hughes was pronounced dead at the hospital. His teenage son, Nolan, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Sean Hughes.

Hughes was “beloved by thousands of students who passed through the halls of Lower Merion over the years,” said Lower Merion Superintendent Khalid Mumin.

Hughes met students during their ninth-grade orientation and handed them diplomas at graduation, and was there for them during the years in between.

He emceed the Amazing Ace competition, inducted students into the National Honor Society, and always had an open door for any issues.

“It is hard for anyone to imagine Lower Merion High School without Mr. Hughes at the helm,” Mumin said. “Everyone is shocked and heartbroken.”

All 10 Lower Merion schools are closed today to mourn Hughes’s death.

Read more about Sean Hughes in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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