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April 5, 2014

Sheldon to be inducted into Triton Hall of Fame

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Shawn McElligott, who is currently the head wrestling coach and who has coached track, said he had Sheldon as a gym teacher and a track coach in the early 1990s, and he later got to know him as a colleague as well.

“He was my track coach from 1990 to 1992, and prior to that he was my gym teacher for two years straight, so I knew Henry Sheldon early on,” McElligott said. “When I came here as a coach in 1997, as an assistant coach, and later on as the head girls track coach, Henry was still here and more than willing to help a young kid as a varsity coach out in any which way possible.”

Over the years, Sheldon has impacted the lives of thousands of local students both educationally through his teaching and coaching, and financially through the scholarship awarded in his name every year to an athlete who excels in cross-country, basketball, track, or a combination of the three. He also founded the annual Triple Classic track meet, which was renamed in his honor in 2008.

With Sheldon no longer physically able to contribute to Triton the way he used, the school decided it was time to honor him so that future generations of Triton students would always know who he was. McInnis said that the details of Sheldon’s induction ceremony haven’t been finalized, but that it will likely be held in the near future at a local restaurant.

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