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Editorial: Goodbye, Old Friend

The Carle Place community is saying goodbye to its high school principal, Neil Connolly, after 37 years serving the school district.

Though the quantity of the years is a tremendous figure, many could argue that the quality of those years is the more impressive feat.

While 20 years normally serves as a benchmark for teachers to consider retirement, Connolly added nearly two additional decades of service to his students and his school. He held the positions of math teacher, coach, supervisor of the math department and assistant principal before being named principal.

Connolly helped garner two silver medals in the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best High Schools ratings in addition to the school’s national recognition from Newsweek. Though these accolades look nice on paper, Connolly would be the first to say his staff and students were the ones deserving of recognition.  

As a CPHS graduate, I can recall several memories of the omnipresent principal, with the most vivid being those Irish legs in a cheerleading outfit during one of many pep rallies. That’s the kind of guy Neil was and a testament to how much he loved his school and his students.

Though nobody expects the next principal to go to such great lengths for the sake of school spirit, he or she will take the reigns from a tremendous man who has left his mark on the halls and in the walls of Carle Place Middle and High School for years to come.