Stoneham High School

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Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2003



Frank O'Grady
Class of 1949 - Hockey & Baseball


Many who grew up in Stoneham remember Frank O’Grady as the kind, quiet Vice Principal of Central School. Others of another generation remember him as one of the best hockey players that the town ever produced.

The 1949 S.H.S. graduate was a star at the former St. Patrick’s High School where he was named to the All-Catholic Team before moving on to Stoneham High. At Stoneham High, O’Grady continued his standout play in his junior and senior seasons, being named to the Greater Boston Interscholastic All Star Team both years and being invited to appear on Bump Hadley’s TV show on WBZ.

Upon graduating from Stoneham High, O’Grady went on to star at Boston College, achieving All-New England and All-East honors in each of his three varsity seasons. While at B.C., his teams compiled a 40-15-1 record. He tied for the team lead in scoring with 34 points in 1951, and led the team in goals scored in 1952 with sixteen.

As an Eagle, O’Grady played in the first Beanpot Tournament and later became a member of the B.C. Hall of Fame. O’Grady reached the pinnacle of amateur hockey when he was named to the Olympic Hockey team that traveled to Cortina, Italy in 1956.

After the Olympic Games, he returned to Stoneham where he worked for his brother Tom at the longtime Stoneham landmark O’Grady’s Diner. He then embarked on a teaching career that was briefly interrupted when he played for the U.S. National Team. He also worked for the M.D.C. managing the rink and the pool.

After fifteen years in the classroom as a teacher, O’Grady moved into the administrative end of education when he became Vice Principal at Central School, serving in that capacity for twenty-two years before retiring. He still resides in Stoneham with his wife, Jeanette, with whom he raised four children, Mike, Jim, Joanne and Maureen.

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