Former New Britain mayor's name to adorn school entrance

Published on Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:37
Written by Skyler Frazer


NEW BRITAIN - Former Mayor William McNamara will be honored this weekend when city officials dedicate the entrance of Pulaski Middle School in his honor.

A new sign proclaiming “William J. McNamara Way” will be placed at the entrance to Pulaski Middle School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

McNamara was born in the city in 1934. He attended local public schools and became a teacher, starting at Nathan Hale Junior High School, then teaching at Pulaski High School and New Britain High School.

McNamara was also an alderman, chairman of the Fire Commission and chairman of the Police Commission before serving as mayor for six consecutive terms from 1977 to 1989.

McNamara, members of his family and other community leaders will be in attendance. John Lubby, a friend of McNamara who served with him on the council, called the former mayor a “genius” and “tireless leader.”

“He always had one criteria: It had to be good for the city,” Lubby said of what McNamara would support as a politician. “Whether it was politically expedient or not, it had to be good for the city.”

The school will still have an address of 757 Farmington Ave. after the installation of the McNamara Way sign.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:37. Updated: Thursday, 8 November 2018 21:39.