Thurman M. Boddie
~ 1998 ~
Thurman was an outstanding athlete at NRHS, an All-County nominee of the football, basketball and track teams. As a student, Boddie became the first black to be elected President of the G.O. While in college, Thurman was recognized for his athletic prowess. At Cornell he was a member of three unbeaten teams - football, basketball and track. He played on two “Big Red” Championship teams as right end and place kicker.
Boddie later became a noted sports official, including serving as an umpire in the International League. He became the President and area representative for the District Umpires Association. He also became President of the Syracuse Intercollegiate Football Officials.
~ 1998 ~
Oliver excelled in track and football at Albert Leonard High School. He is recalled by his classmates as extremely talented and was an unanimous selection for the All-County football team. Henry became a faculty member at New Rochelle High School and became very active in the sports program. His love for sports and children kept him active each year as an indoor and outdoor track, varsity football and junior varsity football coach.
A community minded person, Ollie was an assistant master and hike master for the Cub Scouts and St. Simon’s Church junior warden for 20 years. His tireless work in coaching and teaching helped to make positive changes in the lives of many students.
~ 1998 ~
John was an outstanding athlete at NRHS, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. He was an All-County player on the schools first County Basketball Championship team. Maffucci continued to excel at sports in college, becoming an All-Star basketball guard. Coaching is where John made his mark. At the Army-Navy Academy he served Director of Athletics, as well as head coach for football, basketball, golf and cross country. His teams won countless League and State Championships, with football having the first undefeated regular season in school history. John received numerous honors for his work including being named “Outstanding Athletic Director” and having the schools football field dedicated in his honor and John Maffucci Day was proclaimed by the Carlsbad Mayor.
~ 1998 ~
Rudy is a New Rochelle track legend, having won the NY State High Jump Championship three years in a row and the Triple Jump Championship. He set the National Indoor High School record in the high jump with a jump of 7’ and 1 1/2’’. That record stood for 17 years. Reavis was the National Junior AAU Champion, ranked #1 high jumper in the USA, ranked 7th in the world in the high jump, and selected NYS Athlete of the Year. He set the national indoor record in the triple jump with a leap of 48’ 11’’ and was named to 12 All-American teams in the Track & Field News, Sports Illustrated and Sports Magazine.
A National Merit Scholar in high school, Rudy attended the University of Illinois and was a member of the All Big Ten track and field squads for four consecutive years.
Alexander “Al” Rende
~ 1998 ~
Rende was a football player and wrestler while at NRHS. As a wrestler, Al had great success at the Sect. One Tournament, placing second, while achieving Honorable Mention on the All-County team. As a senior, he was chosen captain and Most Valuable Wrestler. His success continued in college, going undefeated in 22 dual meets, placing 4th in the NCAA College Division Tourney and being selected to the NCAA “All-American” Team.
As a coach for New Rochelle, he led his teams to very successful seasons, including undefeated records in football and soccer. Al is considered one of the premiere wrestling officials in NYS. He has been rated as the #1 official in Section One wrestling competitions and recognized as the #1 official in the NYS Championship Tournament.
~ 1998 ~
Gina started her sports career in the mid 70’s starring in basketball, track & field, and softball. She was a star at NRHS where she earned All-City, All-County and All-Region status in basketball and softball. She attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship, helping the Bruins to their first NCAA Softball National Title in 1982. Gina’s playing experience also includes 12 years with the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Connecticut. The Brakettes won eight ASA titles and three World Titles. She was named to the All-American team seven times, and was the top hitter in the national tournament. Gina was also a member of the 1983 Pan Am Team. Vecchione reached the highlight of her career in 1997 when she was inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame.