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Greg Middleton ‘85

Greg Middleton grew up in Harlem, attending Saint Mark the Evangelist School. When Middleton got to Hayes after primary school, his life changed. During the early 1980s, Harlem was a challenging place to be for a young man of color, but Hayes served as a beacon of hope for Middleton. His mother, who worked as a nurse’s aide, raised Middleton and his siblings to have strong wills to succeed despite their immediate surroundings.

Every day, he took the bus eager to walk through the halls of his beloved Cardinal Hayes. He enjoyed participating in stage crew and the Hayes Band. He also became particularly interested in religion class. Some of his most memorable moments were spent listening to his favorite teacher, Monsignor Graham. These activities brought him closer to his fellow Hayesmen. What he found in this experience was a brotherhood and camaraderie that was unmatched.

Although Middleton wasn’t fond of subjects like math and science, he still took great pleasure in his overall experience. Today, thirty years after his graduation, Middleton credits Hayes for his success. He is now an Assistant Principal at Daniel Webster Elementary School in New Rochelle. Middleton also serves as a trustee and member of the advisory board at his alma mater, Saint Mark the Evangelist.