For nearly a quarter century Howard R. “Doc” Gordon
was an inspirational presence leading Spartan athletes as head coach of
three SHS teams: football, baseball and most prominently, ice hockey.
A native of Ipswich, he attended Mass. State
College, now UMass Amherst. Gordon was a coach and biology teacher at
Walpole High School before arriving at Stoneham High School in 1928.
Doc was head football coach until 1938 and led the
baseball squad through the 1949 season. He was also one of the founders
of the Stoneham High School Winter Carnival and the Blue and White SHS
Athletic Booster Club.
Although a man of considerable accomplishment
through his influence on many aspects of life at SHS and to the Stoneham
community, it is unquestionably his passion for ice hockey that he will
be most remembered.
Gordon guided Stoneham High School teams in the
Greater Boston Interscholastic (GBI) league, the country’s first high
school hockey circuit, arguably the nation’s best during his tenure from
His Spartan squads were perennial contenders and
captured league titles in 1936, 1937, 1945 and 1952. The 1936 and 1937
teams were led by inaugural SHS Hall of Fame forward Cliff Thompson
while SHS Hall of Fame goalie Don Whiston backstopped the 1945 squad.