Ken Klase

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Principal Ken Klase is pictured during a 2019 event at St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School.

Kenneth Klase, principal of St. Louise de Marillac Catholic School in Upper St. Clair, has been named a Most Valuable Principal by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

The foundation received 1,300-plus nominations for more than 135 principals from public, private and charter schools in the Pittsburgh area. Klase is one of only 16 principals to be honored as a Penguins Most Valuable Principal.

Through a partnership with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Grable Foundation and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the program recognizes principals who demonstrate an innovative approach to learning, a continuous strive for excellence, and a passion for their school and students. Highlighting the work done over this past year, the program recognizes the difficulty that local schools have endured amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m grateful for this recognition and for the dynamic community that supports St. Louise de Marillac School every day,” Klase said. “We are dedicated to excellence in education through the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and social development of each child.”

Principals named Penguins MVP were awarded a $1,000 donation for a school project of their choosing, as well as a Penguins Prize Pack consisting of Pens goodies, including a personalized jersey.

Established in 1963, St. Louise educates more than 500 students in preschool through eighth grade. 100% of St. Louise classes score above average on standardized tests. For more information, visit