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Malden Catholic receives $1 million donation from alumnus Robert Higgins

Posted by Marcia Dick  November 26, 2013 09:29 AM

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The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:

Robert Higgins and his wife, Kristine, recently made a substantial, $1 million gift to The Essential Malden Catholic Campaign.

Higgins.jpg“I feel that I have an obligation to give back, and I know that any resources I can provide MC will be well used,” commented Bob. “Giving to the Essential Campaign is critical to ensure that Malden Catholic will be around for the next generation and the generation after that.”

The Essential Malden Catholic Campaign seeks $15 million for significant improvements to the educational infrastructure, academics, technology, faculty salaries, and strategic operating reserve fund.

A 1964 graduate, Bob joined John ’57 and Richard ’59 as one of three Higgins brothers who came to Malden Catholic from Melrose. “My parents were from Malden and Medford, and they were great believers in Catholic education and Malden Catholic in particular,” explained Bob. His mother, Catherine Grant Higgins, was a 1926 graduate of Girls Catholic in Malden, and his uncle, Bill Grant, was a Malden Catholic football coach. Malden Catholic was the natural choice for Bob.

“Malden Catholic gave me a solid education, great friends, school spirit, and clear values,” said Bob. “The school taught me the value of discipline and dedication. They have served me well ever since.”

Bob is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was a varsity hockey goalie. He is a founding partner of Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm. Highland Capital is named after Highland Avenue, MC’s location when Bob was a student there. Bob is also a faculty member at Harvard Business School and recently founded a sports media firm called Causeway Media Partners with the owner and CEO of the Boston Celtics and an owner of the San Francisco 49ers.

Bob, who lives in Cambridge, continues to be actively involved in Malden Catholic.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob and Kristine,” said Edward C. Tyrrell, Malden Catholic Headmaster. “Their generosity will help modernize our facility and preserve the excellence of Xaverian education at Malden Catholic for future generations.”

More information on The Essential Campaign can be found at www.maldencatholic.org/campaign.

About Malden Catholic

Since 1932, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2013 applied to 239 colleges and universities distributed across 40 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $19 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org.

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