HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Longtime Hasbrouck Heights educator Jack Palma passed away Saturday morning, according to Michael Scuilla, Hasbrouck Heights High School Athletic Director. 

According to Scuilla, the family is keeping services to immediate family only.

Palma was was hired in 1955 at the Franklin School as a math and science teacher.  In 1957, he was named Adult School Principal. Palma served as the Hasbrouck Heights head basketball coach from 1958 to 1961. He was named Lincoln School principal in 1962, a position he held for 28 years, until 1990. He also served as interim principal at both Euclid School (2000) and Lincoln School (2005.)

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In October 2018, he was inducted into the Hasbrouck Heights Athletics Fall of Fame. Always a fixture at athletic and school events, Palma attended the high school and middle school graduation ceremonies every year.

Born in 1925, Palma was raised in Fairview, NJ. He graduated Union Hill High School, and was an All-County athlete in baseball and basketball. He graduated Florida Southern College in 1950 with a B.S. in Education, and graduated Seton Hall University with a M.A. in School Administration in 1957.

He is pre-deceased by his wife Eleanor, and son, Robert. He is survived by sons Louis and John, and grandchilden Alena, Gabriela, and Robert.


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