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This Day in Bishop Loughlin History

This following is a list of important dates in Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School’s history. These events consist of events directly related to the school as well as a celebration of the many successes achieved by Loughlinites.


We encourage anyone who has an event/event date to please share it with us. Please add "This Day in Loughlin History" in the subject line. Please email: msackman@blmhs.org


September

  • 1 Sept – In 1975, Robert Muccigrosso became the first lay Principal in BLMHS history.

  • 4 Sept – In 1974, Girls were admitted as freshmen for the first time. In 1973, girls from Bishop McDonnell transferred to Loughlin when Bishop’s closed.

  • 11 Sept – In 1933, Bishop Loughlin opened the doors of the new building on Clermont Avenue. There were 800 young men that entered the school that day.

  • 27 Sept – In 1967, Charles Goode Jr. of the Class of 1952 received multiple awards for his performance in Vietnam. Charles was a Major in the Marines and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also earned Gold and Silver Stars as well as The Purple Heart

October

  • 1 Oct – In 1993, the movie cool running is released.Starring in the movie from the Class of 1988 is Douglas Bourne i.e. Doug E. Doug.Doug also had a role on the Cosby Show for 5 years.
  • 12 Oct – In 1933, Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School had its dedication ceremony led by Bishop Thomas Edmund Molloy.
  • 21 Oct – In 1979, Bishop Loughlin’s school band played for NYC marathon runners on Layfette Ave for the first time.The School’s Band has been led by Louis Maffei and has played for NYC Marathon runners every year since except for the year the street was under construction.

November

  • 11 Nov – In 1950, The BLMHS track team won for the 15th consecutive time in the 24th annual city CHSAA cross-country championship at Van Cortland Park.It was the 19th time in the 24 year history of the event.

December

  • 16 Dec – In 1960, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8, collided with a TWA Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation.St. Augustine High School students remember this tragedy well.One of the planes just missed hitting the school and crashed less than two blocks away.

  • 26 Dec – In 2005, Vincent Schiavelli from the Class of 1956 passed away.Vincent was a successful actor who stared in over 50 films. He played roles in Ghost, One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Tomorrow Never Dies and Batman Returns.

January

  • 1 Jan – In 1994, Rudolph “Rudy”Giuliani from the Class of 1961 was sworn in as the 107th Mayor of New York City.

  • 4 Jan- In 1964, Ed Bowes from the Class of 1960, while running for Manhattan College wins the Met AAU Juniors 3-mile in 14:48:2, breaking the meet record of 14:54:0.Bowes went on to become the longtime, legendary track coach of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School.

  • 30 Jan- Tom Murphy (St. Augustine, Brooklyn) sets the National high school record for 600 yards, running 1:14:0 at the NYU Interscholastic, to break his own record of 1:41:1 set 2 weeks earlier.Murphy made the 1960 U.S. Olympic team at 800 meters, was a star half miler for Manhattan College and ran on a world record setting 2-mile relay team.

February

  • 15 Feb - In 2017, Lynette Taitt from the Class of 2017 scored her 1000th point as a Lady Lion vs Christ the King HS. She joins an elite group of women which include: Adeola Olanrewaju, Janele Henderson, Imani Tate and Aliya Alston.

March

  • 2 Mar - In 1949, the Varsity Bowling Team won the CHSAA City Championship.Ed Lawrence led the team who bowled a 178 in the deciding game.

  • 5 Mar – In 2016, The Freshmen Boys Basketball Team won the CHSAA City Championship for the first time in school history.

  • 5 Mar. - In 1961, The Men’s Varsity Basketball Team won the CHSAA City Championship.This was the first time in the new Building for basketball.

  • 21 Mar – In 1975, Carol Sullivan was elected President of the Student Council. Carol was the first woman to be elected.

  • 24 Mar – In 2017, Michael Boynton from the Class of 2001 was named the 20th Head Coach of Oklahoma State University. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

  • 25 Mar – In 1961 Ronald “Ronnie” Holmberg from the Class of 1956 made it to the quarter finals of the French Open. In 1960 he was the 7th rank tennis player in the world and was ranked in the top ten for nine years.

May

  • 6-May - In 2017, Always Dreamimg wins the Kentucky Derby. The horse is co-owned by Anthony Bonomo Class of 1976 and Vincent Viola. Anthony and Vincent grew up together in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
  • 7-May - In 1955, Thomas "Tom" Carroll from the Class of 1954 made his major league debut for the New York Yankees.
  • 10-May - In 1975, Charles Kulis from the Class of 1967 appeared on Dick Clarkes' American Bandstand. He sang the song "Runaway".
  • 18-May - In 2011, Sam Belnavis from the Class of 1957 is interviewed for The Charolle Observer. He takes the initiative to encourage students to pursue education and careers in science and math. Sam is the first African American to be a NASCAR owner.

June

  • 1-Jun - In 1953, the Varsity Tennis team captured the Team Title at Riverview Courts in the Bronx. The team defeated Archbishop Stepinac to win the crown.
  • 4-Jun - In 1954, the Varsity Baseball team defeated St. John's Prep to win the Brooklyn Ttitle and advance to the City Finals at Ebbets Field. The team was led by Emil Viola. He was the winning pitcher and had three hits.
  • 5-Jun - In 2000, Brother William Mann from the Class of 1965 was elected Vicar General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
  • 6-Jun - In 1952, the Netman won the CHSAA Tennis City Championship against Archbishop Stepinac at Boulevard Garden Courts in Woodside. The team was lead by Joe Jacinison and Bob Schmitts.
  • 7-Jun - In 1948, the Varsity Baseball team won its first ever CHSAA City Championship 6 to 2 over Cardinal Hayes at Ebbets Field. Dave Quinn was the winning pitcher and the offense was supplied by Naton, Sczeney & Vane.
  • 8-Jun - In 1946, the Varsity Track team won the CHSAA Championship at Randall's Island. The high light of the meet was the two mile relay win. Ed Nesdil anchor the win over Robert McGee from LaSalle.
  • 9-Jun - In 1954, Matt Sczesny from the Class of 1950 was signed to a minor league contract by the Boston Red Sox. He would spend the next 55 years in the Red Sox organization as player, coach and scout. He coached the Waterloo Hawks to win the championship in his first season and was also the first coach of the Pawtucket Red Sox.
  • 10-Jun - In 1952, the Varsity Baseball won the CHSAA City Championship 3 to 0 over All Hallows at Ebbets Field. Danny McCarty pitched a one-hitter for his 11 win of the season. Carroll, Leavy and Schmitt supplied the offense.
  • 12-Jun - In 1953, Pete Naton from the Class of 1949 signed with the Pittsburg Pirates. He receives a $4,000.00 signing bonus. He would make his Major League debut four days later vs the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
  • 19-Jun - In 1853, Bishop John Loughlin was named the first Bishop of Brooklyn. During his 38-year-long tenure, he created 125 churches and chapels and 93 parochial schools. In 1933, Bishop Loughlin MHS was opened in his honor.
  • 22-Jun - In 1987, Mark Jackson from the Class of 1983 was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the New York Knicks. Mark would go on to play 17 seasons in the NBA. In 2011, Jackson was hired as head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

July

  • 1 July – In 1996, Frank J. Macchiarola from St. Augustine Class of 1958 was named President of St. Francis College.
  • 10 July – In 1999, Joseph Dunne from the Class of 1965 was sworn in as Chief of the New York City Police Department.
  • 30 July – In 1948, Eddie O’Toole from the Class of 1940 represented the USA in the Summer Olympics in London, England. He finished tenth out of 21 participants in the 10,000 meter run and was the first US runner to finish the event.

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