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Honoring a Mentor: Former New Trier Superintendent Impacting Countless Educators

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Honoring a Mentor: Former New Trier Superintendent Impacting Countless Educators

How many individuals have a constructing renamed of their honor after they retire?

Dr. Henry Bangser had that rare distinction.

When he retired as superintendent of Recent Trier High School in 2006, the administration constructing on the Northfield campus was renamed the Henry S. Bangser Administration Constructing in his honor.

“Dr. Bangser’s legacy touched hundreds of scholars, teachers, administrators, and staff,” Keith Dronen, president of Recent Trier District 203 Board of Education, told The Record North Shore, mourning the recent passing of a person who spent nearly 1 / 4 century of his half-century profession in education at the college.

Dr. Paul Sally, the present Recent Trier superintendent, characterised Dr. Bangser as “a tremendous leader, (who) had an incredible positive impact on each our institution and lots of and lots of of educators that he mentored.”

Henry Stephen Bangser died at age 75 on March 12 at his home in Maryland, and a graveside service was held at Chicago’s Ridge Lawn Cemetery on March 18.

He’s survived by his wife, Sara, with whom he celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in April 2023; daughter Jill Fioravanti (Marc), sons Marc (Gina) and Matt (Abby); and 7 grandchildren ranging in age from 4 to fifteen.

Bangser grew up in Recent York where he graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1966. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics from Williams College in 1970, a master’s in teaching from Northwestern University in 1971, and a doctorate in educational leadership and administration from Northwestern in 1977.

In the autumn of 1971, he got here to Recent Trier as a social studies teacher and assistant football coach, and he became an assistant principal before leaving in 1979 to turn out to be the principal of Lake Forest High School.

Before returning to Recent Trier as superintendent in 1990, Bangser served in educational leadership positions in public school districts in Recent York and California.

“I had the chance to work with Hank on the Ventura County Office of Education in California as lead mentors within the administration preparation program,” remembered Stephen Hanke. “Hank was the bedrock leader of this system and an inspiration to all of us and the brand new leaders he mentored. His dedication to developing strong leadership was remarkable and matched by his kind and friendly manner.”

Within the opinion of former Recent Trier Board of Education President Chuck Happ, “Accessibility was Hank’s trademark.”

“He was acquainted with everyone within the hallways,” Happ told the Chicago Tribune. “He made sure everyone was heard — the teachers, the support staff, the physical plant staff, and the scholars.”

“He did an incredible job of bringing the private side to a really big school,” said Laura Bertani, Recent Trier’s former personnel and communications director, said on the time of his retirement.

During his time as superintendent, Bangser navigated Recent Trier through at the very least two problematic situations.

The primary was in 1974 when the college had an enormous staff turnover with 58 of 265 teachers taking early retirement. But Bangser made sure that their replacements met the challenge of maintaining Recent Trier’s traditionally high standards of excellence.

The second situation got here in 1998 when there was a debate over methods to deal with a projected increase in students that the Winnetka campus couldn’t handle. The alternatives were either establishing a second highschool in Northfield for all grade levels or using the Northfield campus for freshmen only. Bangser was instrumental in the choice to make use of the Northfield campus exclusively for freshmen, and it has proven to be a successful solution to the issue.

Away from academia, Bangser was a lifelong athlete. During his highschool years he played football and baseball at Mamaroneck, where he was inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame in 1994, and at Williams, he was a member of the football team.

Extending into his years as a senior citizen, he was an avid golfer, carrying a single-digit handicap and known for an exceptional short game and smooth putting stroke.

“I knew Hank for 36 years — a relationship that began on a golf course, grew on a golf course, and ended on a golf course — the last time we played and spoke was Feb. 17 in Naples, Fla.,” reminisced Dave Galainena. “He was a person of commitment and integrity. The words defined him on the golf course but greater than anything they defined him as a husband, father, and grandfather.”

Contributions in Bangser’s memory could be sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Georgia chapter), 57 Executive Park South, Suite 380, Atlanta, Ga. 30329 (write Henry Bangser within the memo line).

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