Carmen Palmiero formerly of Brooklawn was an outstanding all around athlete at Gloucester City High School in early to mid 1950’s. Palmiero was a 4 sport star playing Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track. Palmiero headed to Penn State after his graduation where he excelled in Basketball.
Tragically Palmiero and a friend died in an auto accident driving home for Christmas in his Sophomore year. We were recently provided with a copy of a scrapbook by Rose Van Eck, Carmen’s sister.
Note: Because COVID -19 this year 2020 - 2021 resulted in 4 High School seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring and late spring), 2021 Graduate Chris Dolson received 4 Varsity Letters this year, playing Football, Basketball, Wrestling and Track and was received the Carmen Palmiero Award as top Senior Athlete
Hope this column provides an insight into Carmen both the man and athlete. Not sure of the Chronological order, but every attempt was made to provide accuracy of events.
Page 9 reflects the early 1950's GHS Football Team. GHS played their games at Charles Street Stadium, on Charles & Water St near the river. A hand written letter by Walter Butler (GHS Gym Field House named Walter Butler Gym) congratulating Carmen who his All - South End 2nd Team selection. Butler was the Chairman of the Athletic Committee. (not sure Commissioner at GHS or Gloucester City)
All - South Jersey 2nd team from Gloucester City High School - Running Back, Les Neilio
All- South Jeresy Honorable Mention from GHS - End: Wayne Boulden, Running: Campbell
Note: Listed at Running from Florence HS is Rodger Morton who held the single season scoring record of 172 points, challenged by Gloucester High Sensation John Chiodi in 1971 who fell 1 point shy of the record.
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