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McElroy, George

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Came to Bethpage in 1954 and started teaching in the Powell Avenue School. He taught in Pine Avenue, Central Boulevard while they were under construction, and Broadway School which was on split session in 1957 & 1958. The Junior High went to school in the PM and the high school went in the AM. Mr. McElroy taught Physical Education, and coached basketball and baseball and became assistant principal. In 1961, he went to the high school as assistant principal. He was asked by Mr. Bryant to work on the title programs, mainly Title I, for the district as an administration assistant. In 1966, he became principal of the high school and worked through two strikes. In 1968, the high school had an extension built on and boasted an enrollment of 2100 students. He is most proud of the many successes of his students. Mr. McElroy retired in 1985 and continues in the field of education by working with BOCES and Hofstra University. 2013 - Honored by being placed on the Hall of Fame in the Bethpage High School. 2015 - Honored to be placed on the Wall of Fame at the Bethpage High School Athletic complex.

Married to Lynne for 65 years. Died suddenly on January 6, 2018.

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