John Fry Finishes His ‘Third Career’ as a Member of the Board Of Education

Fellow board members gave John Fry a Ridge High School shirt at his last school board meeting Monday. Credits: Gene Robbins


BERNARDS TWP., - John Fry ended what might be called his third career Monday night at his last meeting as a member of the Bernards Township Board of Education.

Mr. Fry began his professional life in engineering manufacturing before entering the education field in 2002. He taught in Morristown for two years before coming to Ridge High School, where he taught math, physics and chemistry.

Mr. Fry, who chaired the policy committee and was on the finance body, did not choose to run again this year. He was chairman of the policy committee and on the finance board.

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In a three-way race for the full three-year terms in 2014, he was the top vote-getter as a newcomer.

He was also a Ridge football coach for seven years, from 2005 to 2011. Now a trim 185 pounds, he said he was once a 265-pound lineman at Villanova University and on practice squads for the NFL teams Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

Linda Gray also thanked him for his time as a football coach and being “a great teacher of young men.”

He said he was humbled by his colleagues’ professionalism, the amount of work they did and their concern for students.

“But Florida calls,” he said. Later, he said he’ll go for the season and look for a community in which to settle.

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