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Princeton High School Athletic Director Dies

John Miranda
John Miranda

John Miranda, the athletics director and supervisor of health and physical education at Princeton High School, died suddenly on Sunday. He was 57.

A native of Cinnaminson, he played football, baseball and track at Riverside High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania, where he was a member of the football team. He earned his master’s degree from Temple University.

The son of a retired army officer, Miranda served  as a first lieutenant the United States Marine Corps before he started a career in teaching in 1987.  As a United States Marine Corps Reserve member, he was deployed to Iraq several times.

Miranda began working at Princeton High School in 1993, first as head baseball coach and as a business and marketing teacher. He served as the director of athletics for the school district for more than a decade.

“John went above and beyond his duty as an administrator,” said Bob James, president of Friends of Princeton Athletics. “He was a huge fan and loved to see our students do well.”

Miranda is survived by his wife, Jean, and his three sons, John Jr., Nicholas, and Timothy.

We will update this story with funeral/memorial service information when it becomes available.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Phylissanne Stehn

    John always had a smile, and greeted everyone with warmth. Our deepest condolences to his family and the PHS Community.

  • Kim Torquato

    John Miranda was a wonderful educator and mentor to the PHS students. He was never afraid to speak the truth and always encouraged students to reach for their personal best. He set a personal example of hard work and personal integrity and expected nothing less from his students. In return, the students loved and respected him. John will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during at this time of their profound grief.

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