John McCutcheon

Ridgewood NJ Public School

Our Educators

A long over due collection of tribute pages to the individuals who accepted the challenge of educating us.


Mr. John McCutcheon

1974 Ashby Award Recipient

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Julie Scala:

Sorry, I was never called to his office, but I do remember him as a man who liked to have a laugh…when my eldest brother was at Ridgewood High School, he always shared a practical joke with Mr. Mc.

Francesca Cavallaro Wall:

I loved him! He used to always say “Como estas?” to me and laugh!

Sue Kenyon:

I was dragged into his office by my Biology teacher after she caught me smoking in the bathroom. He was really cool and nice. Just told me not to smoke in the bathroom anymore, and let me go.

Bob Rahm:

Sent to his office by Herr Perkins, McC suugested I try to avoid irritating the guy.

Tim Daly:

At the football banquet Junior year he made a comment to my mother about a play that happened in the first game of the season. So over two months after that occurred he remembered the play, knew who my Mom was(she was NOT on the PTA for sure) and made a comment. It was a compliment, actually. He was all over the place with his tongue and not being able to stand still, but he was very sincere and really cared about all the students.


Jack Zerbe:

This guy was the “bad cop” of RHS, but, at heart, a really terrific man. Most students probably never saw him perform, but I will never forget him as “Deadeye Dick” in the annual “Jamboree” in the early 70s.

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Dennis Carroll


Barry Deetz Robert Olsen

Boys Athletics

Richard Flechtner Richard Bennett Roger Sweeney Tony Napier

Jack Van Yperen Chuck Johnson Charles Bookstaver


Melvin Thompson Grace Coe

Deans Of Girls

Dr. Lois B. Knox (1919-1954) Wilma J. McVeigh (1954-

Domestic Exchange

Helen Aslanides


Alan Bennett Larry Coyle Amy Emmers Loren Leek Stuart Postle

Newell Guillan Paul Darby

Girls Athletics

Kitty Batterson Jacob Brown Debbie Paul Jeff Yearing


Carl Albano James Stroker


“Uncle” Harry Ahearn Laura Fleming Charlotte McCane Milo Okema Medha Kirtane Harold Vaughan


Anita Crivelli

Industrial Arts

Leo Palmisano


Faith Colton Arthur Deeks Helen Towle


Donald E. Bowler George Murphy Arthur Rispoli


C. Betram Harmon John Lochner Robert Whittemore

Principals & Assistant Principals

John McCutcheon George Egli Frank S. Foley William C. Leach

Irwin B. Somerville George Neville John Archibald Basil Pizzuto

Spanish Language

Fernando Gomez


Jack Boyle “B”

Willard School

Gene Ricci Vita Leach

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