NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Although he retired from the New Rochelle School District more than two decades ago, Dr. James Gaddy will again be vital to city students, as Monroe College dedicates its newest dormitory to him.
Monroe will dedicate the dorm, which will provide on-campus housing for 300 students, to Gaddy, a former superintendent and principal at the high school. He was also the first African American to serve as principal in the district.
After spending 16 years as principal of the high school, Gaddy took over the reigns of the district as superintendent in 1985 after being named one of the top 100 educators in North America by the National School Boards Association.
Gaddy, who retired from the district in 1992, has also been appointed to a series of national commissions, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Study of Secondary Education in America. He has been a member of Monroe’s Board of Trustees for nearly three decades.
“I’m honored to have my name associated with a college that is committed to the academic success of its students,” Gaddy, said. “Monroe’s partnership with New Rochelle is exemplified in the construction of this very building.”
Gaddy Hall will additionally include seven classrooms, faculty offices and a cafeteria. Construction on the building is expected to continue through the summer, with the first residents being welcomed in the fall. It will be the 24th building Monroe has erected in New Rochelle.
“(Gaddy) has left an indelible mark on the education system and we are proud to honor and recognize Monroe’s partnership with him,” Stephen Jerome, president of the college, said. “He played a key role in helping the New Rochelle school system and has provided invaluable insight that has aided the development of our own institution.”