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MR GERALD JOSEPH DONNELLY
At some ttme or another a mtn appears among hts fellovt men so endowed wtth the
prtnctples of clean ltxtng and good sportsmanshtp that he stands over and above them
Such a man vt ts Gerald oseph Donnelly dtrector of he tlth and phystctl educatton tn the
New Rochelle publtc schools stnce 1947 Wlten he dted December 8 1951 at the age of
47 the news echoed throughout the st tte tnd left a tratl of stunned md stddened frtends
In the normal course of events 1 man ltke Mr Donnelly ptsses on ts mtssed for a
vnhtle and then stnks tnto obltxton But hts ts not the usutl ease He gave too much of
htmself to be soon forgotten
Mr Donnelly s mttn tnterest was tn young people He loxed sports he loved sports
manshtp more He gave hts all to hts teams and they tn turn gave the best they had
Mr Donnelly was dtreetor of phystcal educatton and coach tn Gowanda Massena and
Glens Falls New York before he came to New Rochelle At each of these htgh schools he
coached football and track tn addttton to hts admtntstrattve duttes Hts grtdtron record
tn 18 years tncluded 117 games vton 15 lost and ntne unbeaten teams At Glens Falls
he took a team that had newer won a champtonshtp and molded tt tnto a team that won
or tted for the conference and area champtonshtps four out of five years At Massena he
turned out a track team that was unbeaten tn any ktnd of competttton for stx years
Uncle Gerry as those who knew htm affecttonately called htm opened hts home
every Sunday to the players on hts teams He got to know them tnttmately thetr problems
were hts problems thetr worrtes were hts worrtes Hts players vtrtually worshtpped htm
for he gave each player a fatth tn htmself and an exempltficatton of clean ltvtng After
hts death hundreds of letters poured tn from hts former players each letter potnttng up
another example of Gerry Donnellys conttnued tnfluence over hts former players
Uncle Gerry was a rare tndtvtdual He worked hts way through college attended the
Savage School of Phystcal Educatton and then Teacher s College of Columbta Untverstty
where he got hts B S and hts M A and dtd hts restdence work on hts Ph D He attended
coachtng schools under such all ttme greats as Knute Rockne and Bob Zuppke When
he dted Gerry Donnelly was only a thests away from hts doctorate
Mr Donnelly ts known upstate as the father of the first tce carntval tn Massena and
the Knute Rockne of Massena Htgh School In 1955 Uncle Gerry concetved the tdea of
an tce carntval Wtth tnfintte pattence he tratned a small group of students The first
carntval was a success and from that begtnntng has come the annual Massena Ice Carntval
When he left hts post there he organtzed a second tce carntval tn Glens Falls Thts too
ts now an annual event
Uncle Gerry gave unselhshly of hts ttme He organtzed square dance groups tn each
of the three New Rochelle htgh schools and devoted long hours to dtrecttng them Under
hts gutdance the NRHS square dance team toured the county gtvtng demonstrattons tn
many htgh schools and helptng them organtze thetr own groups He called for square
dance groups often two ntghts a week free of charge all over the ctty and county
The ltst of organtzattons of whtch Uncle Gerry was an officer and the ltst of honors
awarded htm are nothtng tn compartson vttth the long ltst of students who are better
people now because they knew so fine a man Gerry Donnelly loved hts work and the
young people who were hts work loved htm Love does not dte
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THE CLASS OF 1952
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VISION OF SCHOOL SPIRIT
May thu school alwuyf he a xhrme of fine spzrzt and good
J ortsmamhzp mfpzrmg ztx athletex and thofe who cheer
them ax they play to uphold the Jptrzt and tmdztzom 0
New Rochelle Hzgh School athletex
May thu Jchool zmpzre hoyx to play manfully and cour
ageouxly to the loft no matter what the oddf to play uzrly
wzthzn the Jpzrzt an e
hoaftmg and to lore without excuse:
May thefe zdealf o manlznerf courage and true Jportx
mamhzp fmd expreuzon not only on the pluyzng eldf and
the pluymg courtf hut throughout the lz e o the entzre
Jchool Above all may our athletzcf alwayf he the Jymhol o
cl great and unzted Jchool drawmg closer together zn com
mon hond and Jptrzt all o ttf hoyf and girl:
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