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Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) is excited to announce that Ellen Keegan will lead the new state-of-the-art high school currently under construction in North Naples. Ms. Keegan has been an educator for the past 27 years. She spent the first nine years of her career in New York City Public Schools and has been with CCPS for the last 18 years. Her experiences include classroom teacher, academic coach, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction, and principal. The past 10 years, Ms. Keegan has been dedicated and committed to the district while serving as an administrator at the secondary level. She was the principal at Lely High School for four years and most recently served as principal at Naples High School for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to having her leadership and guidance as we open the doors to our first new high school in 19 years!
The A-rated Collier County Public Schools’ newest high school will be named for former Sheriff Aubrey Rogers. His commitment to the community’s children and teens led him to establish the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Youth Relations program in 1977, introducing the then-groundbreaking concept of putting deputies on school campuses. School Board members considered suggestions submitted from the community and selected the name during the Regular School Board meeting held on September 12, 2022 at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center.
Sheriff Rogers was also instrumental in founding the Collier County Junior Deputy League in the 1960s, bringing opportunities for children to go camping and to be mentored by deputies. Later, he helped establish the Junior Deputy Day at the Collier County Fair, a tradition that continues today. Also fitting, is that the school’s mascot will be the Patriots, a name that aligns with Sheriff Rogers’ service in the U.S. Army.