Robert Croston MAT ’10 (1983-2018): Visionary CPS Principal


March 6, 2018

Robert Croston MAT ’10, a Chicago Public Schools principal whose resourcefulness, energy and leadership inspired his students and helped engineer a school merger, has passed away. Robert, 34, suffered from Marfan syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder, and had undergone multiple heart surgeries. 

Robert was called a visionary for helping to bring about a merger between Jenner Academy of the Arts - a grade school with a largely African-American student population in the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood - and Ogden International School, which draws from a wealthier and largely white population. He earned a master’s degree in teaching from Dominican University in 2010. 

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