The Peoria County Coroner confirms Peoria Notre Dame High School principal, Randy Simmons, was found dead this afternoon.
Authorities say he was found in his home on Avalon Place and was pronounced dead.
How he died is not being released.
Simmons became principal in 2014 and was named Distinguished Principal of the Year by the Office of Catholic Schools.
The Peoria native graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelors in Education. He also recieved a masters in education from the school; he also has a Masters in Athletic Administration from ISU.
Simmons spent decades serving students.
He told the Catholic Post his “philosophy is to treat every student as if he or she were his own child and to give them the same unconditional love.”
Those wishing to honor Simmons’ memory in prayer are invited to the St. Philomena Parish for a holy hour starting at 8:30.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has sent the following message to the Peoria Notre Dame High School community:
“Dear Notre Dame Family:
It is with great sadness that I share with the school family of Peoria Notre Dame that earlier today Principal Randy Simmons passed away.
His sudden death brings great sadness to our students, staff, parents and our entire PND family.
I ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Mr. Simmons, his family as well as our entire school community.
School will begin at the usual time of 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20th. Students are to report directly to Advisory.
Immediately following some time in Advisory, I ask our students and staff to join me to celebrate an all school Mass with our students and staff.
After Mass, school will be dismissed for the day. However, any students and staff who wish to stay at school are welcome.
After Mass area priests and religious will be available for pastoral counseling as well as other counselors to assist students and staff in this time of loss.
I know that in times of difficult news each grieves in their own way.
But it is important that we join as a family tomorrow morning.
I know Mr. Simmons loved the holy Mass and would want us to come together to grieve his loss and hear the message of our Lord’s loving assistance and peace.
Please know of my prayers for you in this moment of sorrow.
Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C
Bishop of Peoria”