NEWARK, NJ — After 36 years of dedicated service as an educator at Livingston High School (LHS), Griffith “Griff” Hughes was honored by Freeholder At-Large Patricia Sebold during a special presentation held at the Hall of Records in Newark in celebration of his retirement.
Sebold, a retired educator with nearly 30 years of teaching experience, congratulated Hughes for an exceptional career. She added that although his teaching career was ending, she wished him continued success as the LHS bowling coach as she presented him with the board’s commendation.
District IV Freeholder Leonard Luciano, who was was also present during the presentation, congratulated Hughes on his successful career and shared in the joy of being an alumnus of LHS.
Hughes graduated from William Paterson College (now William Paterson University), in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree and went on to earn a Masters of Industrial Arts degree from Montclair State College (now Montclair State University), in 1990, and an Industrial Arts Teaching Endorsement in 1982.
He began his career as a music educator for Little Falls in 1980. From 1983 to 1984, he began serving as an industrial arts/technology education instructor at Essex Career Academy for the Essex Special Services Commission. He also taught students at Hanover Park, Whippany Park Regional High School, and Cedar Grove High School. In 1987, he began teaching automotive technology, photography, woodworking, architectural drafting until 2017.
In addition to his teaching career, Hughes also serves as coach of the LHS bowling team—a team he has proudly coached for 14 seasons. Under his leadership, the Lancers have earned 154 victories, six conference championships, seven county championships and five state sectional championships.
The team has also received a state finalist silver and bronze medal. Hughes has coached five Essex County Individual Champions and an Individual State Finalist Top Five Finisher in 2010.
Hughes has held several offices in local, state and national coaching associations, including: the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association State Sectional Tournament Director for Boys Bowling (2007 to 2009); North Jersey Bowling League President (2005 to 2008); Iron Hills Conference Bowling President (2009); Super Essex Conference Bowling Secretary (2010 to present); NJSIAA Sport Committee (2007 to 2009) and (2012 to 2015); and Super Essex Conference Bowling Advisor and Liaison.
He has also received numerous coaching honors, including: the Newark Star Ledger’s 2011 North Jersey Coach of the Year; NJSIAA 2008 Bowling Service Award; NFHS 2007 North East Sectional Coach of the Year; NJSIAA 2007 Boys Bowling Coach of the Year; Newark Star Ledger’s 2000 New Jersey Boys Bowling Coach of the Year; NFHS National Sectional 2007 Coach of the Year; and NJSCA/NJSIAA 2013 Inductee to the Senate Coaches Hall of Fame.
He is a member of several professional and coaching associations. Some of these include: the New Jersey State Coaches Association, the U.S. Bowling Congress; the National, New Jersey, Essex County, and Livingston Education Associations; International Automotive Technicians Network.
Hughes has lead students in the classroom and in the bowling lanes. Furthermore, he has also created a number of programs for students and athletes, including Senior Citizen Car Care Week, Double Automotive Technology Class, Livingston High School Bowlers’ Club in 1997 and the Livingston High School Faculty Bowling League, to name a few.
Hughes thanked the board for this recognition, sharing that he was honored to be recognized. He shared remarks, recognizing the importance of being an educator and leading the way in the lives of youth.