Cathedral High School was pleased to welcome five alumni into the Athletics Hall of Fame at our Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon this past Saturday, December 16.
Congratulations to the newest inductees to the Cathedral Athletics Hall of Fame: John MacDonald ‘54, Ted Ryan ‘63, Eddie White ‘74, Moses Jean-Pierre ‘89, and Anthony Thomas ‘06.
Led by Master of Ceremonies and CHS Hall of Fame member Paul Francisco ‘89, the luncheon was highlighted by moving comments by each of our inductees that conveyed the profound impact that Cathedral has had on each of their lives, their sincere gratitude for the lessons learned and friendships formed, and their continued love and support for our school.
“The Cathedral Hall of Fame, while a relatively new tradition, reflects the proud history and tradition of Cathedral Athletics, and the positive ideals on which our school was built,” said Head of School Dr. Oscar Santos. Congratulating the new inductees he added, “Your careers as student-athletes during and after Cathedral have earned you this distinction, and we could not be more pleased to welcome you into this Hall with open arms.”
The Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon was sponsored by Nicole’s Pizza, Sanitrol Building Maintenance Corporation, Catering by Sebastians, and Olympia Flower Store and proceeds of the event benefitted athletics programs for Cathedral High School student-athletes. Make a gift online today to support Cathedral High School athletics programs.
About the Inductees
John MacDonald ‘54
The late John MacDonald ’54 starred in football, basketball and baseball for Cathedral High School. John was All-Scholastic in 1954 in all three sports, and was recognized by the four major newspapers in Boston at that time (The Boston Globe, The Boston Record American, The Boston Herald Traveler, and The Boston Post). In addition, John was the starting catcher for The Catholic League All-Stars versus The Boston Conference All-Stars at Fenway Park on June 16, 1954.
After graduating from Cathedral, John attended The College of the Holy Cross, played Boston Park League football for The South Boston Chippewas, and also played Boston Park League baseball for The Boston Elks, where he was also named to both All-Star Teams.
John had an official tryout for The Boston Red Sox, and was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals by the legendary scout Jack Vallalee, who was also the head baseball coach at Curry College in Milton, MA at that time.
In addition, John served his country with great pride in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.
Two years before John’s passing, while jogging at Franklin Park Golf Course at dusk, he saw that two young boys had fallen through the ice on a pond. Although he couldn’t swim, John, without hesitation, jumped into the pond to try to save the two young boys. He did save one, but unfortunately the second boy passed away.
John unexpectedly lost his life on November 4th, 1970, and he is survived by his loving wife Carol, and their children, Nancy, Jack, David, Christine, and Michael.
Teddy Ryan ‘63
A native of Savin Hill and four-year member of the Cathedral varsity basketball, football and baseball teams, Teddy Ryan enjoyed a storied and successful high school career.
He was an outside linebacker (junior year) and inside linebacker (senior year) on the football team, and a guard on the basketball team Catholic Conference Co-Championship winning team in his junior year.
An All-Catholic All-Star Team selection in his junior and senior year, Tech Tourney All-Star in his senior year and MVP of the Catholic Tournament in his senior year, he was named to the Herald Roll of Honor (monthly publication by Pat Horn) three times, and was named Globe All-Scholastic during his senior year.
After Cathedral, Ted’s success continued at Quincy Junior College, where he was a part of the New England Junior College Championship-winning team, for whom he scored 17 points in the final game.
Ted had a positive impact on young people as a classroom educator for 42 years – serving at Norwood Public School for 33 of those years, and for Catholic Schools in Dorchester for the remaining nine.
He was an Assistant Principal for Norwood Public Schools for 27 of those years, a Norwood High School Junior Varsity basketball coach for seven years, a CYO Basketball head coach at St. Williams for 12 years, and was Director of BNBL in Dorchester (Boston Neighborhood Basketball League) for seven years.
Eddie White ‘74
Eddie served as a co-captain on each of those teams, and in his senior year, he was the co-recipient of the Jack McCarthy Student-Athlete Award along with his Cathedral classmate and Hall of Famer, George Moore.
He was named All Catholic and New England All-Scholastic in ice hockey, and Little All-American in football, and after graduation, he had a Major League Baseball tryout with the Kansas City Royals.
As a student, Eddie was a member of the student council, and was involved in various student activities, including serving on the Student Council (3,4), Dance Committee (3,4) and Prom Committee (3,4).
He was a member of the Mayor’s Cup (City of Boston) Men’s Softball championship team in 1986.
His coaching career included Junior Varsity baseball at Cathedral in 1975 with Peter Williams, Head Coach; CYO baseball coach at St. William’s, Dorchester; Savin Hill Baseball for 25 years (teen league, little league, t-ball league); Pop Warner Football for 5 years in Dorchester; and floor hockey and basketball for Dorchester Boys & Girls Club.
Eddie enjoyed a very successful 42-year career with Amtrak (where he was a proud member of Transport Workers Union, Local 2054, where he served as a union official and Executive Vice President.
He married Patricia (Hill) White, also Class of 1974, and Eddie and Patsy are the proud parents of six children; Eddie Jr., Timmy, Robbie, Shannon, Kevin and Brendan. They also have eight grandchildren; Maeve, Teddy, Ava Rose, Molly, Francis, Robbie Jr, Declan, Ciara Rose. Edward is the proud son of Robert L. and Catherine (Glavin) White.
Moses Jean-Pierre ‘89
A 6’0” guard out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Moses Jean-Pierre was one of the top basketball players in Boston throughout his four years at Cathedral. A member of Cathedral’s 1,000-point club, Moses averaged 17 points per game in his senior year, and led the league in assists and steals, earning him Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors in 1989, and helping Cathedral to league championship. In addition, he was a league All-Star in each of his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
Moses went from being a Cathedral Panther to a Plymouth State Panther, and he truly did it all for head coach Paul Hogan and Plymouth State from 1990-94. He led the nation in steals in his senior year, and led the Panthers to the best seasons in school history, including a record-tying 20 wins in his senior season, and a four-year mark of 67 wins and 42 losses.
Moses earned First Team All-America honors in 1994, as well New England Player of the Year. He is the all-time leading scorer not only at Plymouth State, but in the history of college basketball in the state of New Hampshire, with 2,483 points.
Moses continued his playing career since graduation with successful basketball stints in Turkey and England, and was honored to have his #12 jersey retired at Plymouth State.
Anthony Thomas ‘06
Anthony Thomas ’06 lettered in three sports (football, basketball, track) at Cathedral, and his career was highlighted by Central Catholic League All-Star recognition in each.
He served as captain in all three sports, and was captain of both football and basketball in his junior year as well. In addition, he was voted Most Valuable Player in both football and basketball.
In his junior and senior years, Cathedral won the league championship in basketball, and in his senior year Cathedral won the league track and field championship. His proudest high school athletic achievement was being a part of the MIAA State Championship basketball team in 2005-06.
Anthony went on to play both varsity football and basketball at Bryant University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies, with minors in Business and Spanish.
Since his graduation from Bryant, Anthony has given back to Cathedral in a variety of ways: most notably serving as an assistant coach on the varsity football team (on two conference championship football teams as well as the 2012 Super Bowl Champions), and presently as a member of Cathedral’s Emerging Leaders initiative and assisting in the Cathedral Office of Admissions.
Having served as a Senior Legislative Aide in the Massachusetts State House for three years, Anthony is currently the Director of Development at the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, an organization dedicated to serving the families of homicide victims, and he resides in Dorchester, Massachusetts.