Larry Greene, a 1971 graduate of Cheltenham High School, considered his most acute moment of culture shock to be his first day as a student at Cheltenham High in 1968.
According to local historian Chuck Langerman, he had moved to Cheltenham from the town of Marshfield on Massachusetts’s Irish-heavy South Shore after his father Dr. Lawrence Greene had taken the job as Cheltenham Township School District’s new superintendent. From a small-town school, Larry felt overwhelmed at first by Cheltenham’s size and diversity when compared to Marshfield.
But Larry found his niche on coach Harry Hollihan’s football team as a three-year starter at defensive back. High school football gave him an identity, a way to adjust to his new school and to form and sustain friendships.
He went on to serve as a Central Bucks East High teacher and football coach, where he won 125 games as a football coach at CB East and Pennsbury High. He believed that football taught many life lessons and his passion for coaching and teaching were evident in everything he did.
He passed away on April 3, 2013 after a valiant eight-year battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. He was 59 years old.
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