Auditorium will be dedicated to Bob McCarthy June 3

The Trumbull High School auditorium will be dedicated in the memory of longtime educator and administrator Robert E. McCarthy on June 3.

The dedication will be the first item on the agenda of the Board of Education’s 7 p.m. meeting, to be held in the foyer adjacent to the new auditorium.

The board approved the renaming in October, based on recommendations from a naming committee.

“I used to say, ‘If I’m half as good as Bob McCarthy, then I’ve done a great job,’” Deborah Herbst, now board chair, said in October.

McCarthy, who died in 2008, started his career in Trumbull in 1964 as a teacher at Nichols Elementary. He was later named assistant principal at Hillcrest, and then became principal at Middlebrook Junior High School, which later became Madison. He was finally Trumbull High principal for 15 years.

Trumbull High House Principal Lucinda Timpanelli also spoke at the October meeting, saying that McCarthy was a mentor and that kids enjoyed coming to school when he was in charge.

“He had extraordinary interpersonal skills,” Timpanelli said. “He used to sit and talk with the kids at lunch — he used to say, ‘The cafeteria is the principal classroom.’”

A plaque, including McCarthy’s image and inscribed with the dates of his tenure with the schools, has already been mounted and his name has been put up above the entrance doors to the auditorium, according to Trumbull Public Schools.

“The legacy of Robert McCarthy is well known throughout the entire community as the result of his committment and passion for educating Trumbull’s youth,” the district said in a release. “During his many years in the Trumbull Public Schools, Robert touched the lives of thousands of people. One of his most valued achievement was the special relationship that he had with all of the students who attended his schools.”

Trumbull Public Schools welcomes comments from staff and students, but asks that they be emailed beforehand to Denise Faiella in the superintendent’s office at faiellad@trumbullps.org. The public is invited to the dedication.