CLASS OF 2006 Inductees:CHARLES E. SMITH, JR.Class of 1963
Charlie Smith played quarterback and safety on the GHS football team under Coach Jim Doyle for four years. During his storied gridiron career, he was named to the Olympic conference-First Team and All South Jersey Group I-Second Team several times and was twice an All South jersey-Honorable Mention.
Upon graduation, smith earned scholarships from the High School Student Council and the Gloucester County Bar Association which help him attend Westminster College (Pennsylvania). There he was names Western Pennsylvania Conference-First Team and NAIA District 18-First Team in 1964 and 1966. In 1966 he was named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette First Team and earned an Honorable Mention from the Pennsylvania Associated Press.
Smith earned a master’s degree from West Virginia University. Today he serves as a human resources manager with HHS Services. He and his wife Kathleen, also a Glassboro High School grad, have two children and live in Glassboro.
Class of 1967
As a standout tackle for the GHS football team for four years, Thomas Rutherford earned numerous accolades. He was named Olympic conference South-First Team Tackle three years in a row and was named South Jersey Group I-First Team Tackle for three years. He was All-State Group I-First Team Tackle in 1967.
Rutherford also competed in track for four years, ranking fifth in shot put in the 1967 State Groups I and third in shot put in the South Jersey Invitational. Tom held the school record in the shot put at 53’8” and also ran a 53.8 second ¼ mile. In 1967, the team was State Champions in Group I. He also earned two varsity letters in basketball.
Rutherford and his wife Cindy have five children. He works as a machine operator with Daimler Chrysler.
PHILIP J. BARCA
Class of 1981
Philip J. Barca competed in soccer, basketball and baseball during all four years at Glassboro High School. In his senior year, he played an integral role in soccer and baseball Olympic Conference championships, as well as the basketball Group I State title. He was named to the All Olympic First Team that year in both soccer and baseball. He also earned All South Jersey Group I status in soccer and baseball and was named to the All State Group I-Second Team in Soccer that year.
Barca attended Catawba College (North Carolina) for one year where he played varsity soccer on a partial scholarship as well as varsity baseball. He later played varsity soccer at West Chester University.
Currently a Robbinsville Travel Soccer coach for U-11 Boys, Barca is married with two boys. He is a senior manager with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.
GLENN M. ESGRO
Class of 1986
Glenn M. Esgro counts baseball, football and wrestling accomplishments among his most treasured high school memories. He was named Sportsfolio magazine’s Best in new Jersey High School Sports “Player to watch in SJ Baseball for 1986” as a junior. Also in his junior year, he was named to the All-State Group I-Third Team as a catcher as well as to the Tri-County Conference Classic Division-First Team. He also led his team to the Diamond Classic championship with a win over Cherry Hill in the final game. He was named a Gloucester County Times All-Star (Honorable Mention) and a South Jersey Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week.
As a senior, he was varsity baseball captain and catcher and earned the Captain Award. He was recruited by several schools to play baseball, and finally chose the University of Richmond where he earned a partial scholarship to play Division I varsity baseball for four years under Coach Ron Atkins.
Also during his senior year, Esgro was varsity football Captain. The defensive linebacker and offensive end was name the Glassboro High School Most Valuable Player for football as well as a Brooks Irvine club Offensive Lineman of the Week. He was named to the South Jersey All-Group I as a defensive LB and was a Gloucester County Times All Star-First Team Defense.
Esgro capped off his high school career as Student Government President, earning a speaking role at his graduation along with special guest President Ronal Regan.
Today, Esgro is married with two children. He is Director of US Trade for Biovail Pharmaceuticals and serves as a T-Ball coach for the Medford Youth Association.
Class of 1988
Kimberly Kirkpatrick boasts an impressive list of winter and spring Track accomplishments at Glassboro High School. She was thee state shot put champion in 1986, and placed second in shot put at the 1988 State Meet. In spring track, she earned Best Girls Performance status in her senior year. She was a qualifier in shot put and discus for the 1986 Spring Track State Meet.
Kirkpatrick played softball for three years at GHS, serving as captain in her senior year. She was named Tri-County Classic Division Second Team Outfielder and earned the Coaches’ Award in 1988.
The four-year field hockey sweeper was part of the 1987 Tri-County Championship squad. She was also a South Jersey Group I Finalist that year.
While earning dual undergraduate degrees at Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania), Kirkpatrick served as a team captain in field hockey in her junior and senior years. There she also played softball.
With a master’s degree from West Chester University, Kirkpatrick is Chairman of the Riverside High School Health and Physical Education Department where she has also coached softball and field hockey at various levels. She continues to live in Glassboro.
JOHN R. ROGERS – Class of 1988
John “Jack” Rogers was a four-year member of both the wrestling and baseball teams and played football for three years. The squad boasted a 22-3 record in 1988 with Rogers as team captain. He was named All Conference and All Gloucester County Times, and was name Co-MVP with fellow grappler Sam Laspata. He was the Yellow Jacket Tournament (Delaware) Champion as well as the Christmas Tournament Champion.
Rogers led the baseball team with a .386 batting average. As team captain, he was named Most Valuable Player and earned All Conference status. He also helped the football team to a 10-0-1 record in 1988. Under Coach John Aveni he played kicker, and he served as QB under Coach Bob Cleary.
After graduating from Glassboro High School Rogers played baseball at Campbell University (North Carolina), where his team took the big South Conference Championship. There he was also named to the Presidents All-Academic Team.
Today, Rogers serves as a health and physical education teacher, assistant athletic director and head golf coach near his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. He and his wife Amy have two small children.
Class of 1983
Jeff Lake was a standout on the gridiron, playing varsity offense and defense during all four years at Glassboro High School. He was named All Tri-County Offense and Defense in 1991 and 1992. He was twice named the Touchdown Club’s Defensive Player of the Week and was their 1992 Lineman of the Year. Also in 1992, he was named a Brooks Irvine Club Lineman of the Week and earned All South jersey status. At the end of his senior year he earned the Rotary Bowl Coach “Golden Helmet Award.” He received the Milton Hinton Academic Achievement Award at graduation.
Also a competitive track star for three years, Lake earned letters in shot put, javelin and discus in 1992. He also played basketball for three years and was JV and Freshman Captain.
Lake earned a full scholarship to Delaware State University where he was named a Blue Chip All-American Recruit in 1993. He played on the Rowan University football team from 1994-96.
Lake has been a life-long resident of Glassboro and is the proud father of three.
In his 25th year as a coach and teacher at Glassboro High School, Bob Cleary earns a spot in the Athletic Hall of Fame in the coaching category. He has served as head coach of the Bulldog boys’ track, girls’ track, wrestling and football teams over the last quarter century, earning accolades for his contributions to each. He was named to the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame and the South jersey Coaches Boys Athletics Hall o Fame in 2002. Also in 2002, he was named Gloucester County Teacher of the Year. He earned spots in South jersey Football Coaches’ Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2000. In 1996, he was named Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Southern New Jersey. The Tri-County Conference honored him as Coach of the Year for three consecutive years from 1999-2001. He also earned that title from GSYIFL.
Under Cleary’s leadership the Bulldog Football team took the South jersey Group I state title in 1987 and again in 1999. During his 16 year tenure as head coach, the team boasted an impressive 121-42 record.
Cleary graduated from Pennsbury High School where he lettered in Football for three years. He also lettered for three years as a football player at West Chester State University. The Glassboro resident and his wife Loraine have four children.