Kathie Brown has learned to take a lot of things in stride while serving as the only principal in the 20-year history of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria.

Friday morning was no different as staff, family and friends held a surprise drive-by vehicle parade in her honor.

“Not everybody gets a parade,” said Brown, who is retiring, with a smile. “I didn’t know this was happening.”

Motorists, with their vehicles decorated with appreciative sayings, flags and other items, presented Brown with gifts and well-wishes as she stood outside the school.

One of the caravan participants, Karen Atkinson, a teacher 18 years at Holy Family, said Brown “has been the rock, a mentor, mom, friend, sister in Christ, and a strong foundation for this school. It’s a nice way to honor her.”

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.