New Principal Announced for Marathon High School

Dean Burke


MARATHON, Ontario – The Superior-Greenstone District School Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Dean Burke as the new Principal of Marathon High School, bringing with him over a decade of exceptional leadership experience in the education sector.


Dean holds a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University and completed his Principal Qualification Program in 2016.  His dedication to professional development is evident through his attainment of Special Education for Administrators qualifications in 2018 and Specialist qualifications in Mathematics in 2015. Additionally, Dean has pursued various relevant certifications, training, and courses, including Restorative Practices for Leaders, Special Education for Aboriginal Students, and Behavior Management Systems, showcasing his commitment to fostering inclusive and supportive learning environments.


Dean's journey in education began in 2009 at Holy Savior School in Marathon and Our Lady of Fatima School in Longlac.  Over the years, he has advanced his leadership career, serving as Principal of Our Lady of Fatima School in Longlac, Principal of King Albert Public School in Lindsay, Ontario, and most recently, Principal of Gravenhurst Public School in Gravenhurst, Ontario.


Throughout his career, Dean has been recognized for his outstanding contributions and leadership impact. He has been honored with prestigious awards such as the Administrative Leadership Impact Award from Trillium Lakelands District School Board, the Shepherd Leadership Award from Superior North Catholic District School Board, and the System Advocate Award from Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (OPHEA).


"We are thrilled to welcome Dean back to the community of Marathon, where he will serve as the Principal of Marathon High School," said Will Goodman, Superintendent of Education. "Dean's wealth of experience, dedication to student success, and innovative leadership approach make him an ideal fit for our school community.  We look forward to his guidance and vision as we continue to provide excellence in education."


In a statement regarding his new role, Dean expressed his enthusiasm for joining the Marathon community, stating, “my family and I are beyond thrilled to return to Marathon where my career in education began 15 years ago.  Being positioned to serve this amazing community as Principal of Marathon High School is a privilege and an opportunity to learn alongside a team of talented educators surrounded by a community that I know from first hand experience to be highly supportive of our shared vision of high levels of learning for all students who walk through our halls.”


Marathon High School is dedicated to providing a nurturing and inclusive learning environment where all students can achieve their full potential.  With a focus on excellence and innovation, Marathon High School prepares students for success in a rapidly changing world.  Please join Superior-Greenstone District School Board in extending a warm welcome to Dean Burke as he assumes his new role at Marathon High School beginning at the start of the 2024/2025 school year.