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Brother Rich Calls it Quits

He has been a legend at Marist Chicago after serving for more than five decades. While he is retiring, he will still be involved in student activities.
Brother Rich in his official school photo (Credit: Marist High School)
Brother Rich in his official school photo (Credit: Marist High School)

After 55 years at Marist Chicago, beloved Brother Richard Grenier, aka Brother Rich, has announced he is retiring at the end of this school year.

Brother Rich, 80,  started as a social studies teacher, also worked as a coach, athletic director, later became an assistant dean, and currently serves as a “jack of all trades.”

“I’ve done almost everything through the years except be a principal and that’s a good thing because I don’t think being a principal is my cup of tea,” said Brother Rich.

He is known for distracting students in the halls (in a good way), always boosting Marist sports teams, and most importantly, sharing fun stories. Sadly, the incoming freshman will never get to experience seeing Brother Rich everyday. 

“Some people for some reason think I was a student here…no. I was teaching in New York and in 1969 I was transferred here…I’ve been here ever since,” he said.

Although he has been at Marist for the majority of his life and has a ton of love for the school, he finally felt that it was time to say goodbye.

“Well, it’s 55 years and after 55 years, it’s probably time to hang it up. It’s one of those things you have to be at some point in life. It’s not easy, but I figured this was about the right time to do it,” he said. “I’ll be busy still, because I really believe that when you retire, it’s not good to sit around and watch TV.”

Although he is retiring, he still plans to stick around the school. He will still be a huge attribute by doing some work at Marist which has yet to be determined. He will still come out to support games and school events.

“It’s a long time to commit…I want to say congratulations,” said Mrs. Dunneback. “I don’t think it’s the last time we will see Brother Rich ’cause he’ll be around.”

“Brother Rich meant a lot to all us students, especially athletes. He’s our biggest hype man and I feel bad for all those future students who will never get to use him as an excuse to be late for class,” said senior Hayden Krupa.

“It’s been a heck of a ride but my primary responsibility has been service to Marist High School,” said Brother Rich.


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