A bonafide athletic pioneer, Jeanne
Duonolo becomes the first SHS Hall of Fame inductee from the pre-Title
In fact the 1960s was the first decade of SHS girls’
athletic teams. Jeanne began her career as a Spartan athlete in 1965.
Over the next four years at SHS, she excelled in field hockey,
basketball, and softball as a player and found time to manage another.
The fall season found Jeanne right in the middle of the action as
the field hockey team’s center halfback. As a senior her considerable
leadership ability was first on display as team captain.
winter brought Jeanne indoors to the hardwood. From her guard position,
she set out to establish the pace of the Spartan basketball contests
with her skill and tenacity. Her hoop career was culminated by the best
SHS girls’ basketball season to date. A 9-3 overall record that included
an 8-2 mark versus Middlesex League competition still stands as one of
the best SHS girls’ basketball seasons of all time more than four
Despite these estimable achievements on the field
and the court Jeanne saved her best for the diamond. An outfielder with
gold glove defensive acumen, Jeanne also excelled in offensive batting
at the top of the order and led the team with a sizzling .537 average.
As a senior Jeanne co-captained an outstanding team that compiled an 8-1
Earning six varsity letters overall Jeanne also managed
the gymnastics team for four years. She was voted Most Athletic by the
Class of 1969. The most prestigious of all awards offered by SHS, the
outstanding girl athlete in a team sport was given to Jeanne for her
combination of “leadership, participation, skill and sportsmanship” in
addition to being acknowledged as a friend and leader at Stoneham High
Leaving Stoneham for Northeastern University a
devastating knee injury as a freshman ended Jeanne’s competitive
athletic career and led to a career in athletics.
graduating in 1974, she became Northeastern’s first woman athletic
trainer and just the seventeenth to be certified by the National
Athletic Trainer’s Association in the United States.
Woman of the Year in 1974, Jeanne became the first women to receive a NU
men’s varsity letter sweater for her service to athletics.
Returning to her Stoneham roots in 1979 Jeanne served the School
Department as athletic trainer through 1986. Her lifelong meritorious
service to Stoneham High School and the Town of Stoneham continues today
as a member of the School Committee.
Jeanne and her
husband Paul still reside in Stoneham.