The robotics lab at the middle school was named for its benefactor, Strem Chemicals Inc., and the Zampell Companies have a science classroom named to recognize their generous support, Johnson added. Gifts from alumni account for several more naming recognitions. The NHS Class of 1953 named the library’s circulation desk for their beloved librarian, Virginia Bilmazes Bernard. The Class of 1938 used their class treasury to benefit their alma mater and named the lobby at the high school. Similarly, the class of 1942 named the office of the Dean of Students and Edmund and Ruth Burke named the Newburyport Room in the NHS main office.
Several community members and educators have also been honored by family and friends by having a room named for them. Most recently, Jonathan and Betsy Woodman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by honoring local jazz musician and legend Les Harris, Sr., with a gift to the NEF and a permanent plaque outside a music room.
Other honorees include former city councilor Chester W. Hawrylciw (photography lab), former Mayor Edward G. Molin (band room), Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli, NHS ’88, (video production studio), former Assistant Principal Richard Lamothe (library reading area), former NHS teacher Roger Gagnon (English/Social Studies faculty offices), and local engineer John O’Connell (engineering technology lab).
Other donors may choose to honor and remember a family member in the same way. The Ashe family most recently honored grandmother Frances Ashe by naming the Mac lab at the high school. The Skiba family will name a room at the new Bresnahan School, as will proud grandfather and community leader Jack Bradshaw.
In addition to rooms and larger areas, donors may also name an auditorium seat. The Class of 1953 recently completed a campaign to name a seat in the NHS auditorium for each of their classmates. This aspect of the “Make Your Mark” program is being expanded this year to the middle school auditorium. The NEF has announced a one-year campaign to raise $170,000 for the lights, sound equipment, and curtains not included in the city’s renovation of the Molin/Nock. Arts lovers, former students, community members and more may name a seat by making a donation of $100 to the auditorium campaign.