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McCarthy Henry




Henry P. McCarthy, Jr.      


Winthrop High School ’47
Baseball, Basketball (State Champions-4)

Springfield College BS Biology ‘56

Salem State College MEd; Advanced Graduate Study-Special Education

U.S. Air Force Honorable Discharge

Long Lake, NY Public Schools, Long Lake High School Teacher (Physical Education & Basketball Coach)-Team was State Champions; Chelmsford, MA Public Schools, Chelmsford High School Teacher (Physical Education) Coach (Assistant Football & Basketball), Head Coach (Basketball ’62-’66) Won 52 Consecutive Conference Games, Won 4 Conference Championships, Reached State Finals 4 Times, Won 2 State Championships and had an overall record of 100-17; Stoneham, MA Public Schools, Stoneham High School Teacher (Physical Education) Head Coach (Basketball); Winthrop, MA Public Schools, Winthrop High School Teacher, Administrator & Head Basketball Coach

Winthrop High School Hall of Fame, North Shore League Hall of Fame, Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

Player Statements
“Coach McCarthy ran his teams with an emphasis on appropriate behavior and high expectations for each individual. He emphasized preparation, attention to detail, discipline, teamwork, and fun. In addition, his method of instilling these values was heavily dependent on positive reinforcement. Coach always found something positive to emphasize with each individual no matter what the skill level was. This was evident not only in the basketball program but also in gym classes and even in the halls between classes. His record attests to the success of his methods.”

“The Tech Tourney to Henry McCarthy was like the Kentucky Derby; It was ‘A Run for the Roses’ every year. His desire for excellence captured the imagination of an entire town. Thousands of Chelmsford parents and their children followed Coach McCarthy to the Boston Garden to see CHS play. Chelmsford dominated the Boston newspapers in the 1960’s during tournament time with pictures and stories of a young man playing in his Dad’s tournament. Basketball hoops went up in every neighborhood.” 

“When we were students at CHS and had those extremely successful championship seasons, everyone could appreciate what a terrific coach he was. Those of us who had the privilege to be members of the basketball team and had close contact with coach, also realized what an exceptional teacher and mentor he was. There is no doubt in my mind that he had an influence on many of us that extended far beyond the gymnasium, He was demanding, and his insistence on excellence in performance, attitude and ambition has carried over into our lives beyond school over the years and decades. This is exactly the way that our best models for teaching excellence are built-to teach character as well as skills, and to make any discipline the instrument for turning young people into fulfilled, benevolent adults in their community.”