This spring, the guidance offices at Braintree High School will be re-named the ”Anthony T. King Memorial Suite” in honor of the former guidance director who passed away last August.
King served the school system for 35 years and was a particulary active educator, participating in various groups including the Braintree Education Association, the Norfolk County Teachers Association, and the Massachusetts School Counselors Association.
"With his deep-rooted humility, with his most gentle nature, with his extraordinary, unfailing kindness, and with his amazing ability to listen and to empathize with others, Tony truly showed each of us how this life should be led," his obituary read.
Along with a plaque for the guidance suite – designed so that "students, parents, staff and community members will forever be reminded of the enormous contributions Tony made to the Braintree Public Schools and to the lives of so many students," interim guidance director Anthony Garofalo said – the School Committee earlier this week also approved a scholarship fund and scholarship night to be set up in King's name.
The first award will be presented at this year’s Local Scholarship Night on May 29, a night that will be dedicated to Tony, the man most responsible for its growth, Garofalo told the committee.
"He was as highly respected by students, staff, parents and colleagues with whom he worked throughout the state as any individual could be," Superintenent Dr. Peter Kurzberg said in a note to the school system when King died suddenly last year. "His years in the Guidance Department allowed him to serve thousands of students and their parents with the utmost personal care and professionalism.