, Salem, MA

March 7, 2014

Danvers plans rally for Olympic medalist

Fete will follow dedication of high school on March 15


---- — DANVERS — The town will honor two-time Olympic silver medalist Meghan Duggan, captain of the women’s hockey team at the Sochi games, with a rally Saturday, March 15.

Duggan will arrive outside the high school fieldhouse at noon, say a few words, sign autographs and pose for pictures inside the gym, according to a flier from the Recreation Department. Photo cards for Duggan to sign will be provided.

Duggan, the Team USA captain, scored a goal in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in the gold medal game to rival Canada, with Canada coming back to tie the game in the waning minutes of the third period. They later won in overtime. Duggan was also part of the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team that fell to Canada in Vancouver in 2010.

The rally will take place immediately following the dedication of the $70 million Danvers High School, which begins at 10 a.m., followed by an open house with tours of the building.

The ceremony will start with a gathering in the school’s atrium followed by a program in the auditorium. Tours of the building will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. The public is welcome.

The dedication marks the completion of the long-awaited Danvers High renovation project. Construction took place in two phases over three years, starting in 2010 and wrapping up last fall.

The dedication ceremony was postponed last fall after the slaying of math teacher Colleen Ritzer, when the town opted to focus on helping the school community cope and giving everyone time to heal.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.