Ridley spent 34 years in Lynn schools as a teacher, principal and coach, and did two short stints as an interim principal after he retired.

Lynn’s St. Mary’s principal prepares for his second retirement

LYNN — As the school year concludes at St. Mary’s, Principal Jim Ridley is preparing for retirement. Again.

Ridley was five years into his retirement from Lynn Public Schools when St. Mary’s came calling in 2015. Then-head of school Grace Cotter Regan and Athletic Director Jeff Newhall convinced him to come to St. Mary’s as interim principal after Dr. Mark DiFabio resigned effective at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

The deal was he would stay for six months while the school conducted a search for a permanent principal. Six months turned into three years, and the “interim” tag was dropped along the way.

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