Sheild's Medal: Bill A. MacNeill

In 1957, Bill MacNeill joined the BC High faculty as a replacement for legendary teacher and coach Charlie McCoy who entered the Priesthood. At the time, there were four lay instructors to the Jesuit faculty and a high turnover rate of young teachers staying only a few years to gain experience.
In 1957, Bill MacNeill joined the BC High faculty as a replacement for legendary teacher and coach Charlie McCoy who entered the Priesthood. At the time, there were four lay instructors to the Jesuit faculty and a high turnover rate of young teachers staying only a few years to gain experience.

For the next 35 years Bill served as teacher, coach and later vice president for development. Many teachers looked to Bill as paving the way for their own teaching careers; teachers such as Bill Burke ’52, Paul Hunter ’53, Jim Cotter ’55 and Brian Donaher ’55.
 
In 1971, recognizing the declining Jesuit endowment, Bill established the first development program in collaboration with the alumni office headed by Rev. Francis J. Mahoney, SJ.  During his time, he implemented a class agent system, Golden Reunions, The Magis Guild, Businessman’s Luncheons,  and Ignatius Awards making BC High a model for Catholic school fundraising in the area. 
 
Although officially retiring in 1991, Bill remains involved at BC High with their family scholarship, annual alumni receptions and through his two grandsons Conor MacNeill’15 and Kyle MacNeill ’16.
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