Cristo Rey Miami High School announced the appointment of its founding principal Cesar Muñoz, a graduate of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago.
Cesar is the first Cristo Rey alum to serve as a Cristo Rey principal in the growing Network of 35 college- and career-preparatory high schools. Cristo Rey Miami is on target to open on Barry University property in summer 2020.
"The naming of Cesar Muñoz as Principal at the new school in Miami is another reason why we all get so excited about the Cristo Rey movement," said Jesuit Father John Foley, Cristo Rey Network chair emeritus and chief mission officer. Foley served as president of Cristo Rey Jesuit in Chicago when Cesar was a freshman.
Cesar's wife, sister, and brother are also graduates of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
"I'm so proud of Cesar and his wife Jackie (Hernandez) Muñoz ('09), who both embody the values and spirit of Cristo Rey," said Antonio Ortiz, president of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago. “Clearly, credit starts with his parents who instilled this dedication to Catholic education since their elementary school days. Cesar’s acceptance of this incredible opportunity at Cristo Rey Miami represents a deep commitment to our work and proves that Cristo Rey graduates are owning the next phase of our mission. This is truly a grace-filled moment for our school.”
Cesar currently serves as the dean of students at Aspira Haugan Middle School, and as the math instructional lead for the network of Aspira middle and high schools in Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago in Sociology and Latin American Latino Studies, and a master's degree in Teaching from the Academy for Urban School Leadership at National Louis University.
Cesar begins at Cristo Rey Miami in August 2019.