Herve B. Lemaire Award for Excellence
In 2006, the Natick High School Administration established the Herve B. Lemaire Award for Excellence in Education. This prestigious award recognizes a teacher, coach, or administrator who has had an extra extraordinary impact on Natick students. Ted Bracken ‘61 put it more eloquently when he wrote the perfect description of the educators this award seeks to honor: Great educators have certain things in common. They are passionate about their subject matter. They are uncompromising in their intellectual values and the pursuit of truth. They exhibit a kind of “spiritual calling” to the work they do that goes beyond its being a job or even a profession. Their influence is much broader and more far-reaching than even they could possibly imagine. To qualify for selection, a nominee must have served for a minimum of 5 years at any public school in Natick. Recipients of this award have certain things in common.
The Herve B. Lemaire Award is named in memory of Herve B. Lemaire, to honor and exemplify his exceptional commitment to the quality of education in Natick. Mr. Lemaire served the town of Natick as a teacher of French and Latin before becoming Vice Principal, then Principal of Wilson Junior High School. He served as Principal from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. He oversaw the transition of Wilson from Junior High School to Middle School. Under his tenure as principal of Wilson Junior High School, in a ceremony at the White House, Wilson was recognized as one of the top one hundred schools in the United States.