New School Principal – Mr. Robert Pyles


Former West Bloomfield School Administrator Takes Top Position at OLR School

Father McEnhill, Pastor at Our Lady of Refuge Parish, has announced the hiring of Robert Pyles as the new principal of Our Lady of Refuge School. Mr. Pyles is well known in the community, having spent 20 years as an administrator in the West Bloomfield School District, including the principal position at Scotch Elementary, Abbott Middle School and West Bloomfield High School.

Mr Pyles is known for his excellent leadership skills, active involvement in daily school workings, and for bringing out the best in students and faculty around him. He has lead the schools in reading initiatives, math programs and instituted additional instructional programs that ensure success for his students. He is well respected by his faculty, staff and students alike. When asked, Mr. Pyles commented, “I am very excited to be part of Our Lady Of Refuge school and church. I am looking forward to meeting the students, staff and parents. Together we will make this the best learning environment and experience for kids.”

On Tuesday, July 5, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, all are invited to a “Welcome the New Principal” gathering. This day was very appropriately chosen because it is the feast day of Our Lady of Refuge. It will commence with a prayer at the Marian Garden, near the church, in honor of our Blessed Mother and then there will be a barbecue to welcome Mr. Pyles. For more information, please call the school at 248.682.3422.

When asked, Father McEnhill stated, “I am very excited about our new principal and I know parents will be also. Mr. Pyles has an excellent reputation, as he is one of the best principals in all of Oakland County. We are truly blessed to have him. I am very grateful.”

Mr. Pyles is married with three children. He is a practicing Catholic and looks forward to this new experience at OLR that allows him to be involved in the spiritual growth of our children.

If you would like more information on this topic, or about Our Lady of Refuge school, contact Debra Richards, at or 248-682-3422.

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