Raymond L. Rusch
by Jean (Goettelmann) LaPointe Class of 1959
uncle, Raymond L. Rusch, was born on April 5, 1926, and was raised in
went to Nicholai Elementary School and later went to Hicksville Junior/Senior
High Schools. He graduated from HHS
in June, 1943. In April of that
year, just prior to his graduation, his principal, Mabel Farley, had him sworn
into the V5 Navy Program. Uncle Ray
had taken and passed the Navy’s testing requirements for the V5 Program and
was the youngest person (17 years old) ever sworn into that program. After the Navy, Uncle Ray went to Syracuse University where
he majored in History. He graduated
from Syracuse University in January of 1949 - and continued to root for his
married his childhood sweetheart, my aunt, Edna Giese (HHS 1945) on April 9,
1950. They had one son, Ray, Jr.
Ray became a teacher at Hicksville Senior High School in September of 1949.
He taught American History and Civics for 13 years until he became
Assistant Principal in 1962. After
four years of being Assistant Principal, he became Principal of the Hicksville
Senior High School in 1966 where he remained for 15 years until he retired in
June of 1981. When he retired in
1981, he had been with the Hicksville School District for 32 years.
loved teaching. He loved his
students as his “kids” - and his “kids” loved him back.
Uncle Ray could be seen on the sidelines at their football games, or
chaperoning their school dances or accompanying them on their Senior Trips.
retirement, he moved to a golfing community in Orlando, Florida and became an
avid golfer as well as getting very involved in the social and political affairs
of the community.