DANVERS — St. John’s Prep held its 24th Athletic Hall of Fame induction for eight individuals and one highly successful coach on Saturday morning in the Commencement Tent at Ryken Field.
By the time the ceremony began the heavy rain had ended and the skies had cleared. It was a different story a few hours earlier when special events manager Heather Buthmann arrived very early with grave concerns about the torrential rain.
“I got up at 4 o’clock to try to get it under control,” said Buthmann, who worked with an administration team to pull everything off smoothly. “It was like a river in here earlier, but we were able to solve the problems, and it’s fine now. We have a great crowd, good food, and some outstanding people to honor.”
St. John’s also honored six state championship teams.
Traditionally, the Hall of Fame ceremony has been held in the evening during the fall, but this year was changed to be part of commencement weekend. For inductee Brian Currie it was not only a homecoming, but a return to the site where he played left field for the Eagles. Currie, who now makes his home in Studio City, California where he is a writer for TV shows and movies, is a member of the class of 1979. He starred in football and baseball before going on to play linebacker at Middlebury College.
“I’m standing in right about the same place that used to be left field where I played only now I’m diving for a cup of coffee instead of a baseball,” he joked. “I have to totally credit my parents because it was their idea for me to go to St. John’s, and I got a fantastic education. St. John’s never let me down, and you can’t say that about many things. I’m delighted to be back.”