Robert Schiavone

Graduating class of 1965



During the past six decades, two graduates of Central High School served as principal of the school. The first was the late Hubie McDonough Sr. A 1912 graduate, McDonough was principal at his alma mater from 1954 through 1960. The other was Robert Schiavone, who graduated in 1965 and was the top administrator at Central from 1996 through 1999. Prior to becoming principal, Schiavone was an assistant principal at Central for several years. As a student, he competed in baseball and football. He was a co-captain of the football squad in his senior year and was recognized for his outstanding performance on the gridiron by being named to the All-State Football Team. After graduation, Schiavone joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict. He was seriously wounded in combat and received a Purple Heart. Later, Schiavone entered St. Anselm College to study for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English/Sociology. Through the years, he earned a Master of Education in Counseling from Suffolk University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the former Notre Dame College in Manchester, and pursue additional advanced studies at the International Baccalaureate Academy at the University of North Florida. In 1974, Schiavone began his 34-year career in education by teaching English at the middle school level in Manchester. Subsequently, he became a guidance counselor at Central High. In 1987, he was named Guidance Director at Goffstown High School. He was selected on two occasions to be "New Hampshire Guidance Counselor of the Year." He also was an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College and St. Anselm College. From 1999 through 2005, Schiavone was principal at Nease High School in St. Augustine, Fla. He was the 2001 "Principal of the Year" for the St. John's County School District in St. Augustine. From 2005-2008, Schiavone was director of Student Services for that district. Schiavone was a longtime baseball umpire and basketball referee, who held membership in several related organizations in New Hampshire and Florida. He is also a tennis enthusiast who once coached the Central girls tennis team to a state championship. He is married to the former Janice Winterton, also a 1965 graduate of Central High. They have three children-Lori, Jon, and Abby--all graduates of Central, as well as two grandsons.