|Birth: ||Jul. 22, 1934|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 18, 2009|
New York, USA
Dr. Hill Wilson Brindle was born in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City on July 22, 1934. After graduating from high school he began his long career of public service when he served in the Army from 1957-59. Dr. Brindle, who received his Ed.D in 1979 from Fordham University, began a 12-year teaching career in 1956 at Frederick Douglas J.H.S. in Harlem. In 1969, Dr. Brindle was appointed Assistant Principal at Douglas for nine years, until he was appointed principal for 12 years at John Phillip Sousa J.H.S. 142 in the Baychester/Edenwald section of the Bronx. At the time of his installment, Sousa was notoriously famous for violence, delinquency and low test scores. Many students dropped out or transferred for fear of violence, and it appeared that the school would yet become another tragic case study of the city's failing public education system.
Utilizing his own special form of discipline, Dr. Brindle was able to recapture the school from the forces that had made it a pariah in the city's school system. By using methods that would possibly be considered either controversial or trendsetting in today's society, Dr. Brindle began initiating daily bag checks, initiating a weekly assembly day in which students were required to dress formally, and holding silent drills where students transferred from one class to another in total silence two times every day. Students no longer feared, nor loathed coming to school and Sousa once again became a safe haven for students and educators alike. He stepped down as principal of Sousa when he formally retired in June 1990. At his final graduation as principal which occurred on June 22, 1990, Dr. Brindle's longtime friend, legendary stage & film actor and activist Ossie Davis served as keynote speaker. While a new decade commenced and another group of students marched into high school, an era came to an end.
With his 37 years of service with the New York City Board of Education, Dr. Brindle also served as an adjunct professor at Purchase College, York Community College, the College of New Rochelle, and the City College of New York (C.C.N.Y.). Friends, family and former students say his strength was their beacon for overcoming obstacles.
Dr. Brindle, who lived with his wife, Shirley, in West Nyack, is also survived by two daughters, Darlene Brindle-Waties and Lisa Brindle-Talbot; mother-in-law, Stella Drayton; brother-in-law, Robert Goldsmith; two sons-in-law, David W. Waties, David A. Talbot III; two sisters, Betty, Carolyn; nieces, and a nephew.
Dr. Hill Wilson Brindle was a true gentleman who truly cared about his students. He was a devoted husband, a loving father, a respected educator, and most importantly a stern, yet adored father figure to students whom he led to brighter futures. Teachers, parents, and community leaders admired his straight-forwardness and honesty. Students cherished his mission in inspiring them to reach for their best.
Beloved by his family, students and the community at large he will be truly missed.
Frederick Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery
New York, USA
Created by: Luis Hernandez
Record added: May 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37345013
I was in your 7th grade class at Douglas JHS 139 in Harlem in 1960. You kicked our butts with that 18 inch ruler for bad section sheets. You taught us the rules of life. I spoke to you by phone in 1977 and you still remembered not only me, but the class 7...(Read more)|
Added: Jun. 23, 2011
Dr.Brindle made a great impact on my life. I still to this day use some of his quotes. I remember feeling like there was nothing that i couldn't do becuase he told me so. Dr.Brindle was one of the key people that influenced me to go to college. At 13 he s...(Read more)|
Added: Feb. 7, 2011
Dr. Brindle saved my brother and I more than once. We first arrived at Sousa scared to death. We were supposed to get off the bus and walk to school and ended up at my mother's job. We didn't want to go to Sousa. My mother's friend dropped us off and ...(Read more)|
Added: Aug. 19, 2010
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