Lifelong Crusader Mr. Robert Alberts has accepted the position of Principal of Brother Rice High School, effective July 1, 2018. School President Dr. Kevin Burns announced the news on March 26, 2018, confirming that current Associate Principal Alberts will replace departing Principal James Antos, who has been the face of Brother Rice for two decades. Alberts will become the eleventh principal in the school’s celebrated history after serving as Associate Principal for the past eighteen years.
Mr. Alberts, a 1985 graduate of Brother Rice, went on to obtain his undergraduate degree at Western Illinois University before earning his Master’s at Governors State. He returned to Brother Rice as a Social Studies teacher and Admissions Director before joining administration. He has spearheaded transitions to 21st century educational initiatives at Brother Rice in his role as Associate Principal, particularly in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Alberts has also earned accolades as a successful basketball, golf, and baseball coach during his tenure, as evidenced by his forthcoming April 2018 induction into Brother Rice’s Athletic Hall of Fame–the Circle of Champions. His is a familiar face and voice at virtually every school-sanctioned event, a testament to his pride and enthusiasm for Crusader Nation.
Ever committed to the benefits of Catholic education, Alberts is excited about leading Brother Rice High School into the future. “It’s humbling to walk in the footsteps of those who have contributed so much over the years, not only to Brother Rice, but the entire community. As a proud alum, I’ve always recognized that a strong Brother Rice High School spells a strong southwest side of Chicago, a strong Evergreen Park, a strong Oak Lawn, a strong neighborhood; it’s the talent and passion of our stakeholders that has made this possible. I look forward to working more closely with the most talented and passionate students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni in the state. I am truly blessed.”
Natives of Evergreen Park and Chicago’s southwest side, Alberts and his wife Mary have raised their family in the neighborhood, and their three girls all attended Most Holy Redeemer. Two of his daughters currently study at St. Mary’s College and one attends Mother McAuley High School.