Ilion School Superintendent
Mr. James Dunn
1969 - 1975
Superintendent James H. Dunn was born in Jamaica, Long Island and graduated from Mineola High School in 1934. He worked in NYC, for 5 years, and in 1939 entered Potsdam State Teacher's College. His education was interrupted, however, after 3 years of study, when he was called into military service during World War II. He spent 3.5 years in the Army and returned in 1945. He married Lillian Greene, a first grade teacher, and returned to Potsdam to complete the final year of his Bachelor of Education degree. Mr. Dunn then taught Junior High subjects, in Averill Park, Dolgeville and in the Campus School at Oswego State Teacher's College. For three summers, The Dunns lived on Long Island, while he earned his Master's Degree at New York University.
Later, Mr. Dunn was offered a position, as Business Manager, with the newly centralized Liverpool Schools. While there, he worked on a doctorate at Syracuse University. Anxious to return to working with children, he accepted the position of Junior High principal, in 1953. He remained in that position until 1965.
In 1965, Mr. Dunn accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent at Ilion Central School. He became Superintendent in November 1969. While working in the Ilion Schools, he continued laying the groundwork started by his predecessor, George Anderson, for the new North Street School. He had outstanding abilities in leadership. Mr. Dunn was admired by the staff for his fairness along with firmness. In addition to his duties as Superintendent, Mr. Dunn played an important role in the community. He was an active Member and chairman of the Herkimer County Cooperative Extension, and became chairman of the Board of Directors at Folts Home in Herkimer. He served on several committees of the Ilion United Methodist Church.
Mr. Joseph Fusco, who was the Superintendent in Ilion, delivered the eulogy when Mr. Dunn died in 1994. He had this to say about him:
"If you knew Jim Dunn, you knew he was a proper sort of person, a real 'straight arrow', a highly principled man who maintained a high set of moral standards. He put the needs and welfare of children above all else. He commanded the respect of his fellow superintendents, building administrators, teachers, parents and students."
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