Then and Now: Wilmington High School Football

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The town of Wilmington has changed a lot since the year 1939. Older buildings all over town have been renovated and replaced, new businesses have arrived and the population has boomed. 

Local sports, like so many other things, have changed quite a bit also. Yes, our Wildcats have always been winners but, without a doubt, the faces and the uniforms have come a very long way.

Wilmington High School’s 1939 football team was, without a doubt, a memorable one. During a December celebration at Grange Hall the team was honored for having attained the first undefeated football season in Wilmington history.

During the ceremony football Coach Driscoll, along with Superintendent Bean, presented each starting player with a gold football. Members of the second team received their letters. The post ceremony entertainment was provided Thomas Cavanaugh and his orchestra.

This year, Wilmington High School’s Football Team is competing in the Middlesex League for the first time. While the Wildcats may not be undefeated, they have found themselves facing a new level of competition with the same determination and energy that the Wildcats are famous for.

Wilmington High School has a long tradition of athletics and it is easy to see that that tradition will continue to grow and change as the years go on.

Historical information for this article obtained from “Wilmington Scrapbook” by Mary Gowling Swain, available at .


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