Board approves the dedication of a walkway to honor Dom D’Angelo

The Board of Education passed the installation and dedication of a walkway at Southington High School to former athletic director Dom D’Angelo.

After a two year period of research, the committee proposed to install a walkway in honor of  D’Angelo who served in the military as a veteran and in Southington as an educator, a mentor, a coach, and athletic director. The vote was 8 to 1.

A committee had been comprised to look into the Southington High School walkway project in order to honor D’Angelo with a dedication as an individual who contributed greatly to the town and the school in particular.

Southington Board of Education members Colleen Clark, Terry Lombardi, and Terri Carmody served on this committee, along with community representatives Rob Thomson and Mike DeFeo, and a representative from the high school administration, Brian Stranieri.

Long time Southington resident D’Angelo’s served in many capacities. D’Angelo was a decorated WWII veteran, the founder of Southington Midget Football and the Biddy Basketball leagues, the first athletic director at YMCA, the commissioner of Park and Recreation Board for 25 years, a social studies teacher, a football coach with an outstanding record, SHS athletic director, and a Southington Sports Hall of Fame Inaugural Class inductee.

“If you noticed Dom had a lot to do with not just the high school, but the community itself,” said Stranieri.

The entrance to the athletic complex at SHS will be designated as “Dom D’Angelo Way” and a plaque will be placed there listing all of his accomplishments during the years that he served the Southington community.

Fundraising for this project will begin immediately. The layout and construction for this project will commence in April and is projected to end in August with a dedication ceremony at the first home football game in September.

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