General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. ’73
James “Jim” Lane ’83
James “Jim” McInnis ’53
The St. Ignatius Award is the highest honor bestowed on a graduate of BC High, acknowledging those who have exemplified the ideals of our school through high moral character and selfless service to the community. Overall, BC High has recognized more than 80 distinguished alumni with this prestigious honor.
The 2019 St. Ignatius Awards ceremony featured the conferral of the inaugural William Kemeza Global Leadership Award.
The inaugural recipient of the William Kemeza Global Leadership Award is Martin Joseph Dunn, DMD ’53. Dr. Dunn is a retired oral & maxillofacial surgeon, Boston College High School Trustee, and Co-Founder of the Jesuit Global Colloquium.He is also co-founder and past-president of Por Christo, a charitable medical service organization that organized and supervised 60 voluntary medical missions to South America and republics of the former Soviet Union to provide lifesaving dental care and facial surgery from 1979 to 1994. He was knighted by the President of Ecuador and Pope John Paul II. He has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees.
Each inductee has made a significant contribution to the winning tradition of athletics at BC High.
In addition, The James E. Cotter ’55 Courage Award is given in his memory to a member of the community in recognition of their courage in the face of adversity, tenacious spirit, and force of will. The Paul J. Hunter ’53 Man for Others Award is given in his memory to a person who whose sense of service echoes the work of the late Paul Hunter, where duty is anchored in love for the community.
To nominate a BC High graduate for the Hall of Fame, please include a background of athletic accomplishments and character which makes the candidate worthy of consideration. Please know that there are many worthy candidates each year, deserving of recognition in the school’s Hall of Fame.Hall of Fame Nomination
The James E. Cotter ’55 Courage Award – Richard Gill – 1958
Dedicated on November 9, 2009, the Veterans Wall of Honor at Boston College High School is located on campus in the breezeway corridor between the Hunter-Fahey Commons and Cadigan Hall. It serves as a reminder to all who view it of the sacrifices that so many BC High graduates made for freedom.
The Veterans Wall of Honor was made possible by the generosity of Philip M. Byrne ’58, and is intended to be an educational piece as well as a memorial, the monument traces American military involvement from the school’s founding in 1863 to the present day. Woven throughout the timeline are the personal stories of many of BC High’s own students, faculty, and alumni who fought and died for their country.
Peppered with period photographs culled from the school’s archives, the wall brings to life the stories of these brave men – including several of the school’s Jesuit faculty – who answered the call to serve their country. The accompanying plaque features the names of the 65 BC High alumni and faculty who died while in service in the United States Armed Forces. Their model of selfless service inspires all that we do at BC High.