I was in the first group of Metco students that came to Needham high school in 1967. It was a little scary because I was one of nine black students out of 2000 white students in the school. I wasn't sure how it was going to work. Within my first couple of days, I met and made friends with three guys that all shared some form of the same first name. Robert Thorpe, Robert Stark & Robbie Ftorek. I developed varying degrees of relationship with each one, but each one of them helped me to settle in to Needham high school that first year. Robert Thorpe was a large part of my making the school my home away from home. Sometimes we don't know how much a small kindness means to a person because we can't see anything with the naked eye. Some things have to be viewed with the heart. Thanks Robert for being you.
Robert "Bob" Gray
Thanks Bob - that was really nice to read. Our Bob was a pretty special guy who had a way of making everyone feel important and did it effortlessly.