November 14, 2021
Lower Merion High School principal Sean Hughes died in a car crash Saturday morning while driving his son to a soccer game in South Jersey. His son, Nolan, suffered non-life threatening injuries, and is expected to fully recover. Hughes is survived by his wife, Kristi, and their three children, Jack, Nolan, and Kate.
Hughes, 51, from Harleysville, Montgomery County, was principal at Lower Merion for 14 years and a beloved figure in the community. He was also the principal of the Central Athletic League. Current and former students, faculty, and staff of the high school came out to offer condolences to Hughes' family and share their memories about him afters news about the fatal crash began to circulate online.
"Mr. Hughes was beloved by thousands of students who passed through the halls of Lower Merion over the years. He knew most of them by name and always had time to listen to their concerns, cheer them on and support their accomplishments," Superintendent Khalid Mumin said Saturday afternoon. "They greeted him in the halls by calling out his signature nickname, 'Huuuuuuughes.' He welcomed each one at 9th grade orientation and proudly handed out diplomas at their graduations."
The fatal crash occurred just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday when the Ford SUV Hughes and his son were traveling in collided with a Mercedes SUV at the intersection of Fleming Pike and Hay Road in Winslow Township, Camden County, NJ.com reported.
Lower Merion basketball team, the Aces, posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday regarding Hughes' passing, and honoring his legacy as an educator and athletic director.
Mumin said that all 10 Lower Merion schools will be closed on Monday, Nov. 15 in response to Hughes' death. The COVID-19 vaccine clinic, which was originally scheduled at Lower Merion High School on Monday, has been postponed.