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Dobbs Ferry Honors Late "Coach Mac" at Field Day

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – T-shirts with the name “Mac” on the back were all over Dobbs Ferry High School on Friday afternoon for the Mac Field Day to cap off spirit week. The field day honored former Dobbs Ferry football coach James Mackenzie, who died in 2006.

The final day before the homecoming football game started off with a video tribute to Mackenzie that featured pictures of him and interviews of other teachers and coaches.

"Do what I mean, not what I say," the screen read with a quote by Mackenzie.

Students filled the auditorium and each grade was represented by a specific color.  Freshmen were yellow, sophomores were red, juniors were green and seniors wore blue for the final spirit day.  After the tribute, students filtered outside for a lunch and some music with their peers and teachers.

“What I find interesting is that I never really met Mac, it’s really bigger than life,” said sophomore Sean Grogg.

Many of the students didn’t know Mackenzie first hand, but nevertheless hold his name in high regard.

“I heard he was just a great guy, he had respect for all the players,” said senior Matthew Fata, a halfback and linebacker on the football team.  “It just brings everyone together.”

To get students excited for homecoming there was also a volleyball game against the faculty for school pride following lunch.

“This is a perfect example of Dobbs Ferry school spirit at its best,” said Doug Berry, Dobbs Ferry director of curriculum and instruction.  “They’re wearing different colors, but they’re all united.”

The field day was a way for students from all grades to unite for an afternoon and Dobbs Ferry High School principal John Falino said it was one of the reasons he originally came to work in the village.

“The thing that’s the best is that it’s just another example of the strong community we have,” Falino said.

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