Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School dedicated the school’s main office conference room to Founding School Committee members Louis E. (Ted) Hoegler, of Walpole, and Robert J. Rappa, of Franklin, during a ceremony on Wednesday, October 21.
Mr. Hoegler and Mr. Rappa joined family members, current and former School Committee members, former Tri-County superintendents John M. Jones and Barbara M. Renzoni, and Tri-County’s administrative team at a Dedication Ceremony for the Louis E. Hoegler and Robert J. Rappa Conference Room.
Jones, School Committee Chairman Steven Trask, and Superintendent-Director Stephen F. Dockray lauded Mr. Hoegler and Mr. Rappa for their exemplary service to the students and faculty of Tri-County. Superintendent Dockray said it was fitting that the conference room be named after two individuals who have worked in it since the school first opened in 1977.
“It is rather amazing when you think that both of these gentlemen have close to 80 combined years serving on Tri-County’s School Committee if you count the time they spent on the Building Committee prior to construction of the school,” said Dockray.
Dockray added that both are integral members of the Budget Subcommittee and continue to support Tri-County students after graduation with the Hoegler Rappa Scholarship Fund.
In addition to their contributions to Tri-County, both men are dedicated to their hometowns. Hoegler served as Town Clerk in Walpole for 28 years and as a Town Meeting Member, Charter Commission Member and a member of the 250th and 275th Town Celebration Committees. He was also appointed a trustee at Norfolk County Agricultural High School by governors Volpe, Sargent and Dukakis.
Rappa worked as the Town of Franklin’s Treasurer-Collector for many years before moving on to Keefe Insurance Agency where he worked for 38 years. Mr. Rappa was a long-time member of the Board of Directors of the Dean Cooperative Bank.
|Founding School Committee members Robert J. Rappa, of Franklin, and Louis E. (Ted) Hoegler, of Walpole|
Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.