Do you know of any Plymouth High School graduates that went on to school in Maine? Pete Rockaway, 1954 graduate of Plymouth High School, is one that went to school in the great state of Maine! Pete attended Bowdoin College located in Brunswick, ME. Pete has been practicing law in Plymouth for many years.
Pete has a total of five children altogether. Pete, a 1982 graduate of PHS, and Liz, an ’84 graduate. He also has three step children including twins Sarah and Susan (1986) and step son Gene (1989). You may remember Pete JR being a member of the 1982 State Championship basketball team. Pete took a charge and hit two huge FT’s vs Elkhart Memorial to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat early in the season at The Rock.
While in high school at Plymouth, Pete participated in several sports. He played football, basketball, tennis, and ran track.
Pete has one great memory of participating in high school athletics at Plymouth. It was his senior year playing football at the Lincoln School Field. The Rockies were playing against Huntington in the last game of the season. The Rockies were coming into the game with a record of 6-0-1 on the field. The conference championship was also on the line with this game, and Huntington had lost only one game on the year. Huntington lead the game 19-13 and the Rockies were driving for the winning score. However they ran out of time before they could score, and Huntington won the game.
When ask if he still uses anything today that PHS Athletics taught him back in the 50’s, Pete replied that he learned to play the game the way you practice. He said some student athletes just went through the motions during the week, then they would “turn it on” for game night. He found early on that did not work for him.
Art Thomas, head football coach of the Rockies during the time Pete was in school, was one coach Pete remembers well. He said Coach Thomas had the best instincts. He said Coach Thomas had a great understanding of his personnel, and he would put his players in position to have the most success.
When asked if there was any advice he would give our current athletes at PHS, Pete replied by saying keep things in proportion. You don’t want to end up being an aging loud mouth at a Country Club bar. Playing sports should be fun just as reading a good mystery in front of a fireplace on a cold, winter night.
The PHS Athletic Department would like to thank Pete Rockaway for his contribution of information for this article.