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Hartford Changemakers

Black, Latinx, and Indigenous leaders in Hartford History

Doc Hurley


                                                                                                                  B&W photograph by Carla Ten Eyck, 2009

Walter “Doc” Hurley (1923-2014)

Athlete, School Administrator, Coach, Mentor

Hurley was a four-sport athlete at Weaver High School, who later returned as a school administrator and created the Doc Hurley Basketball Classic. He played professional football in the 1940s with the All-American Football Conference’s Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1942, Hurley served in the U.S. Marines in the Philippines. He graduated from Virginia State University and earned a Masters from Springfield College. He began his teaching and coaching career in Virginia, moving back to Hartford in 1959 and became health and physical education director at Barnard-Brown Elementary School, then transferred to Northwest-Jones School. In 1968, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hurley helped calm frustrated students at Weaver. He was named assistant to the principal at Weaver. With others, he founded the Doc Hurley Foundation in 1975, which has helped hundreds of young people continue their education and sports careers.

Atleta, administrador de la escuela, entrenador, mentor

Hurley era un atleta de cuatro deportes en la escuela secundaria Weaver, quien luego regresó como administrador de la escuela y creó el Doc Hurley Basketball Classic. Jugó fútbol profesional en la década de 1940 con los Brooklyn Dodgers de la Conferencia de Fútbol Americano. En 1942, Hurley sirvió en los marines estadounidenses en Filipinas. Se graduó de la Universidad Estatal de Virginia y obtuvo una maestría de Springfield College. Comenzó su carrera de enseñanza y entrenamiento en Virginia, regresó a Hartford en 1959 y se convirtió en director de salud y educación física en la Escuela Primaria Barnard-Brown, luego se transfirió a la Escuela Northwest-Jones. En 1968, tras el asesinato del Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Hurley ayudó a calmar a los estudiantes frustrados en Weaver. Fue nombrado asistente del director de Weaver. Con otros, fundó la Fundación Doc Hurley en 1975, que ha ayudado a cientos de jóvenes a continuar sus carreras educativas y deportivas.

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