Principal's Message

Mr. Jamal Adams, M.Ed., Principal

La Salle College Preparatory announced the selection of Mr. Jamal Adams as the school’s new principal, effective July 1, 2021. Mr. Adams most recently served as Director of Faculty and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola High School in Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Columbia University and Master of Education degree from Loyola Marymount University. Adams also serves as head coach of Loyola’s Boys Varsity Basketball Team. He succeeds outgoing La Salle principal Courtney Kassakhian, following her announced resignation in December 2020.

The selection of Adams comes after the school’s Principal Search Committee, comprised of academic departmental chairs and school president Perry Martin, interviewed and vetted 12 candidates with a wide range of experience and backgrounds for the position. The school was assisted by Mathew Heersche and Risa Heersche of Educational Directions, one of the region’s top educational and academic professional search firms. Notably, Adams will become La Salle’s first black principal in the school’s 65 history.

“I am thrilled to have Jamal join our Lasallian community and I’m excited for the breadth of experience, thoughtfulness, and perspective he will bring to our school,” said Perry Martin, La Salle College Preparatory’s school president. “I’m extremely proud of our principal search committee and the important insights this team of professionals provided throughout the selection process. We worked collaboratively and independently reached the same conclusion as to who we’d like to see as our next principal” he added.

As a school governed by a board of trustees under a president-principal model of leadership, the principal serves as the chief academic officer of La Salle, working closely with faculty, staff, administration and stakeholders to ensure La Salle’s mission and core principles are fulfilled in every aspect of the school’s operation.

“As an educator, academic leader and coach, I am excited to begin this journey at La Salle,” said Adams. “With the support of the entire school community, I am confident that I will be able to make a positive and impactful difference in the lives of each student, in the spirit of the La Salle’s founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle. I look forward to getting started and working hard to help the school reach its fullest potential,” added Adams.

Over the summer and during the start of the school year, there will be opportunities to meet and get to know Mr. Adams. We will be sharing more about these opportunities soon. To reach Mr. Adams and his office, please email


La Salle College Preparatory was founded in 1956. Today, we are the only truly diverse and co-educational Catholic high school in Pasadena.