FARGO — Shanley High School has announced Rev. Kyle Metzger as the school's new principal, effective July 1, 2021.

According to a news release by the school, the Most Rev. John T. Folda made the announcement Saturday, April 24, during the Shanley Deacon Dinner Auction.

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fargo by Bishop Folda in 2015, Fr. Metzger attended Fargo’s Nativity Elementary School, St. Anthony’s Middle School and Shanley High School, graduating in 2000.

Earning a B.A. in Elementary Education and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Fr. Metzger also earned an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. From 2004-2010, Fr. Metzger taught in Catholic schools in Phoenix, Ariz., and Shakopee, Minn. Fr. Metzger received Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Moral Theology degrees from Mt. St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., in 2015.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he was Parochial Vicar at Sts. Anne & Joachim Church in Fargo for two years and at St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks for a year. Since 2018 he has served as Vocations Director for the Diocese of Fargo, a role which he will continue while also serving as Shanley principal.

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Current Shanley Principal Jon Spies, announced his resignation on March 24 in order to pursue another career path.