It is with great sadness to share that Lorraine Poppe ‘69 passed away on April 16, 2019. Lorraine taught English at Baldwin Senior High School starting in 1973. She served as a master teacher, dean of students and an assistant principal before moving on to become principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, NY in 1995. She was the longest-serving principal in the school’s history. Lorraine retired from John F. Kennedy High School in 2018. To say she touched tens of thousands of lives may be an understatement. “Lorraine’s commitment to improving instruction and ensuring that all students are given various opportunities to succeed have been the hallmark of her success,” Ronnie Steiger, the public relations director for the Bellmore JFK Alumni Association, wrote. “An ardent supporter of all student activities, Lorraine could be seen cheering on students at virtually every co-curricular event. She took tremendous pride in the success of the students and staff and was proud to be the leader of her beloved Cougar Nation”.
Many of us Baldwin alumni will
remember Lorraine with the same fondness.
We wouldn’t be surprised that she was an advocate for every student as
many of us were her friend, her colleague, her classmate, her student. Many of
us will also remember her as a beloved coach who instilled the lessons of sportsmanship
and working together as a team. We were so
sad to hear the news but so grateful to have known Lorraine Poppe. She will be sorely missed, and our thoughts
are with her family.
After looking over the attendance list at the last alumni beach party, the board thought it would be interesting to see where all the alumni in attendance came from. Only those folks that signed in and we were able to find an address for them in the database are reflected on the map. For this first map, we have not included the alumni names, just the graduation year, town and distance traveled. We hope to enhance it next year with names as well.