Beloved St. Bede Principal, ‘Mr. V,’ Retires After 46 Years

St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente
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St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente is set to retire at the end of this school year. He’s been at the school since 1973.

St. Bede the Venerable School Principal Ralph Valente, 69, started out his career in La Cañada Flintridge by sweeping floors and wiping windows.
“True story,” Valente laughed. “I like to say I started out as janitor and worked my way down.”
There’s a back story, of course, as there often is with Valente, whose much-loved, energetic charisma nourishes a reputation that precedes him in the community. But back in 1973, he’d just graduated from USC with a master’s degree in teaching during what was then one of worst recessions in modern history. He’d applied for jobs, all kinds of jobs, to no avail. Continue reading “Beloved St. Bede Principal, ‘Mr. V,’ Retires After 46 Years”