Monroe College to Name New Rochelle Dormitory in Honor of Former City School District Superintendent and Acclaimed Educator James R. Gaddy

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New Dormitory on Monroe College’s New Rochelle Campus to be Named Gaddy Hall

According to PRWeb:

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that the new dormitory under construction on its New Rochelle campus will be named Gaddy Hall, in honor of Dr. James R. Gaddy, a former Superintendent of the New Rochelle School District, Principal of New Rochelle High School, and longtime member of Monroe’s Board of Trustees.

Gaddy Hall will provide on-campus housing for 300 students. The lower floors will house seven classrooms, as well as a 250-seat cafeteria and offices for faculty and administrators. Construction is scheduled for completion in August of 2014, with the first students taking residence in the fall semester.

Dr. Gaddy was Superintendent of the New Rochelle School District from 1985-1992, having served as Principal of New Rochelle High School for 16 years. The National School Boards Association voted Dr. Gaddy one of the top 100 educators in North America in 1984. During his tenure as Principal of New Rochelle High School, the United States Department of Education selected the school as one of the top 100 high schools in the country for the academic year 1982-1983. The city’s school district was also chosen as one of the top 20 in the country by the Wall Street Journal in 1984. Dr. Gaddy has served on Monroe College’s Board of Trustees for 28 years.

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A Personal Testimonial:

I congratulate Dr. James R. Gaddy! Dr. Gaddy was my high school principal in New Rochelle. He was a real role model as the school building leader for our only high school (3000 kids) in a Westchester bedroom community that was home to a very diverse community that included the sons and daughters of mid-town executives and ambassadors from the UN.

I was the President of the General Organization (G.O.) in my senior year in 1973. He assigned a school dean, Helene Jenkins to support an idea I had for an, All Culture Week where the school students and staff would share their cultures in: food, history, music, art and dance for an entire week. It was extraordinary between academic classes and in the evenings too. All Culture Week was continued for another decade by the school system! I was in partnership with my adult leaders and educators to help others to shine. It was really OK to have ideas…

What I learned most from Dr. Gaddy is was that the knowledge and the relationships that I had developed in my hometown would never allow me to be a “neophyte-as-a-person” beginning new levels of post-secondary education, careers or life. By this I mean, I was and [we] were all instilled with a self and group confidence. We were prepared to value the fact that we were already shaped and valued by our hometown. We would never be completely starting all over again like some people feel in college (freshman, sophomore etc.) and in life as adults.

We were leaders needed to contribute to a world that was and is not perfect. I know he has served the development of Monroe College almost since it was founded. The world still needs our ideas and those of today’s Monroe College students too. Now there is a dormitory to house… and remember… the man who gave New Rochelle public schools, Monroe College and the Virgin Island and North Carolina education essential values that many of us will cherish for a lifetime.


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