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I am writing this on behalf of Samuel A. Manarel, a former principal at Hampton Bays High School in the 1940s and 1950s. If you were around during that time, you know the man I am referring to.

Last week a few of us went to visit our old principal at his home in Cutchogue. Mr. Manarel is 97 years old, and his mind is as sharp as ever. He is truly an amazing person. He might even be the oldest living person associated with the Hampton Bays School District.

We brought Mr. Manarel a copy of the recently published Hampton Bays Schools Centennial Journal 1908-2008. He was thrilled to get a copy and, of course, honored that he was included.

However, what thrilled him the most were the two pictures of the 1933 and 1934 girls basketball teams. You see, his future wife, Viola, played on those teams. When we were leaving, Mr. Manarel said, “Thank them all, I mean all—from the superintendent of schools on down to everyone who had anything to do with this publication. It is the culmination of a hundred years of work, and it will be the backbone of the next 100 years of education in Hampton Bays.”

Well, that’s the thank you from Mr. Manarel. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the Centennial Journal 1908-2008, please call Dennis Sullivan at 723-4700, ext. 2707, at the Hampton Bays Middle School, Brenda Sinclair at 728-6784, or stop at the main office of the Hampton Bays Middle School. Merry Christmas.

WARREN SMITHHampton BaysWarren Smith is a member of the Hampton Bays Class of 1954.—Ed.

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