Emily Rinaldo (Class of 2003) holds the distinction of being the only athlete in the school’s history to win a high school national championship while still at BHS. She did it at the 2003 National Gymnastics Championship, taking top honors in the individual all-around title and leading her Massachusetts team to the title. She was undefeated in the all-around in every postseason competition all three years for the Panthers and set many records. Rinaldo went on to win the NCAA Division 1 college championship on bars.
The 1967 relay team of Lloyd Hartwell, Paul Tache, Tom Whittenhagen and Bob Broudo was honored for winning six of seven relays in the big meets, including the 880-yard relay All-Class state championship meet at MIT in 1:31.4. That earned them the right to advance to the New England championship, where they won again in one of the fastest times ever at the meet (1:30.2).
Whittenhagen went on to run at Northeastern and is in the Huskies’ Hall of Fame while Broudo competed at Bates and is now headmaster at Landmark School. Tache was the state Class A champ in the 220 yard dash. He now lives in Arizona as does Hartwell, who was a career Marine.