CROSBY HIGH SCHOOL, WATERBURY CONNECTICUT, 1959 FACULTY
Principal – J. Francis Boland | Vice Principal – William Boland | Dean – Kathryn Hayes
Latin - William Boland | Modern Languages - Helene Rockey | Science – Alfred Kenney | English – Charles McCarthy | Mathematics – William Sherman Smith | Social Studies – Julia Sullivan
Mary Barry Franklyn Finnan Claire Murphy
David Bartolini Kathleen Fitzgerald Daniel Murphy
Abigail Beecher Josephine Foti Richard Nave
Robert Boland William Good Joseph O’Brien
Jane Brennan Kathryn Healey Rosetta O’Brien
Thomas Byrnes Stephen Kelly Mae O’Grady
Bessie Cameron John Kenney Loretta Parker
Eugene Colangelo John Kinney Albert Paul
Margaret Colwell James Lee Anna Paul
A James Condaris John Luddy Elizabeth Paul
Catherine Connor Isabel MacKerracher John Price
Margaret Connors Martin McDonald John Reardon
Walter Dean Madelyn McGill George Regan
Edward Derwin Margaret McGrath Margaret Rizzuti
Joan Dillon Mae McKenna Leah Schlesinger
James Doherty Samuel Myers Mary Shanahan
Robert Drapatin Thomas Micket Hedwiga Stulginski
Bernard Dzinski Dora Milenky William Synnott
Teresa Ferrone Joseph Modenese Phyllis Valenti
Rose Finkelstein Charles Murphy Marion Winton
Mrs. Kasmira Butler left Crosby prior to our senior year to teach Spanish at Croft High (formerly Leavenworth High)
From Ed Golden: Robert Boland was my History Teacher and also a coach. He liked to throw chalk and erasers at his students. His tests always included a bonus question related to sports, such as "How many cleats are there in a track shoe". I wonder if he was the son of the Principal or Vice-Principal? There sure was a lot of nepotism when you look at that list of faculty.
From Bernie Dodge: I have vivid memories of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember the nervous churning in my guts each morning that wasn't made any easier by the principal at Croft High School in Waterbury, Mr. John Kinney. He had risen to administration after a long career as an English teacher, mostly at Crosby High, and began each day by personally intoning the announcements over the school PA system. With all that literature knocking around unused in his mind, he made sure to include a quote or literary allusion whenever he could between class play rehearsal times, Latin Club meetings, and lunch menus. He was especially in his element during October of 1962. I don't remember the specifics but I know there were poems about mortality and pointlessness read in a stoic, world weary kind of drone. Exactly what a 14 year old wants to hear before Algebra I.
I also had Kasmira Butler for Spanish II and III at Croft. I was co-editor of the Spanish newsletter and Mrs. Butler would call me at home at night to talk endlessly about it, sounding like she'd had a few drinks. Pretty sad.
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