A half century.
That’s how long Don Larkin has been working at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. He started as a language teacher and later coached basketball and soccer before become athletic director. Today he is student activities coordinator.
And the first Stepinac faculty member to reach 50 years of service.
The school has announced that it is setting up a Don Larkin Scholarship, which will be presented to an incoming freshman starting in 2013-14. Stepinac is accepting donations toward the scholarship, which will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $125,000.
“Don Larkin is uniquely qualified to have a scholarship in his name,” said Dennis Buckley, vice president of institutional development at Stepinac. “He is our first faculty member to have reached 50 years. His passion for our school is amazing. In addition to the teachers, he is loved by all students.”
Larkin, who lives in Bardonia in Rockland County, planned to retire but was asked to stay as student activities coordinator.
Larkin said: “It is really humbling. To me, it’s not really about how many years I’ve worked here at Stepinac. It is more about the number of students’ lives I hope I have impacted in a positive way. From the moment I first entered the doors of Stepinac High School in 1963, I was amazed at how friendly and amiable a place this was for the students and the entire community. I’ve always been happy here and I have loved, and still love what I do.”
A reception will be held for Larkin on June 21 at his home away from home—Stepinac H.S.