Dr. George L. MacDonald (1948-1950)
George MacDonald was an outstanding three-sport athlete at MHS during a period when the Magicians dominated the Northeastern Conference. Under Coach Herm Hussey, Marblehead won or shared the NEC title in 1948, 1949 and 1950. The '48 team was 6-2-2; in '49, 7-2-0: and the '50 team was 9-1-1, scoring 200 points to the opponents 46 and losing only to Class B Champion Saugus. George MacDonald saw limited varsity play as a sophomore, but was a key two-way starter in both 1949 and 1950. At 195 Ibs, he was a hard-hitting runner, blocker and tackler, playing primarily at halfback and linebacker. He also was an excellent passer and one of Marblehead's finest punters. He finished his high school football career with a 35 yard TD run in a 26-6 win on Thanksgiving and was named to the North Shore All Star Team. In that game against the Boston Suburban All Stars, he was the starting fullback and his play was described as outstanding. George MacDonald was also one of Marblehead's finest catchers and baseball players. A three-year starter, he was an excellent receiver and hitter, and a two-year NEC All Star. In basketball, he was a two-year starter for a NEC championship team. At Harvard, he played freshman, JV and varsity football, and was Captain of both the Harvard freshman (1952) and varsity (1955) baseball teams when he led the Crimson to their first Greater Boston League title with an 18-5 record. George MacDonald: (1) is a founder and first president of the Gridiron Club; (2) is a recipient of the Monsignor John B. Carroll Award for Outstanding Community Service to Youth; (3) is a member of the Marblehead Boosters Club Hall of Fame; (4) officiated high school football games for 23 years; (5) is a past president of the Boston Gridiron Club; and, (6) is a recipient of the National Football Foundation's Annual Contribution to Amateur Football Award.