In recognition of his more than 30 years of service at St. Henry District High School (SHDHS), the SHDHS Sports Department honored retired principal David M. Otte at a special ceremony recently at the sports complex St. Henry in Florence.
During his 30 years as principal, Dave Otte saw the St. Henry District High School grow from a small campus on Dixie Highway in Elsmere, which was shared with elementary and middle schools, to the current campus. of 118,000 square feet off Donaldson Road in Erlanger.
Former athletic director and current volleyball head coach and faculty member Maureen Kaiser spoke of Otte’s devotion to St. Henry and the love and support he has shown for his faculty and his staff.
“In 1991, I got a call from Dave asking if I wanted to teach physical education, health, psychology and sociology, while becoming head coach of women’s basketball and head coach of volleyball,” he said. Kaiser said. She was in the process of completing her Masters in Education and while it seemed like a good opportunity, it was also a bit overwhelming. She accepted the offer and said Mr. Otte was supportive, encouraging, compassionate and understanding.
“Dave has been a rock to (our school) for 30 years, and I was in awe of it. The teachers and staff at SHDHS were fortunate to have a leader who cared so much about them not only as professionals but also as individuals and for that I am very grateful.
For 30 years Dave Otte took great pride in the fact that St. Henry excelled in each of his five pillars of success: faith, scholarship, athletics, the arts and leadership and he believed that his faculty and its dedicated staff were second to none. He was also instrumental in the management of the St. Henry Athletic Complex, commonly known as SHAC, under the direction of the school’s sports department.
SHAC is located in the former Sports of All Sorts building, now adjacent to Cristo Rey Parish, and has three full basketball courts, four volleyball courts, an indoor batting cage, d ‘a concession area and more.
“Mr. Otte gave his life to Catholic education. His three decades at St. Henry District High School provide us with proof of this,” said Bishop Roger J. Foys, Bishop of the Diocese of Covington. “He is committed to respecting the Catholic identity of our schools as well as providing every student with an excellent comprehensive education Since the relocation of the old site of St. Henry High School and the construction of a new school high school in the St. Henry District until the very recent addition of SHDHS, he has been on the front lines. His guidance, wisdom, knowledge and above all his faith have served him well, but also all the students who have passed through the doors of SHDHS.
St. Henry District Secondary School is the largest co-educational school in the Diocese of Covington and the only Catholic secondary school in Boone County.