As a member of the National Championship LHS Relay Team in 1924, James S. Daley achieved tremendous success on the track. Daley was unbeatable in every event from the 40 to the 220-yard dashes. He captained both the Track and Baseball teams in his senior year.
After graduation, Daley continued his exploits at Holy Cross. In 1928, Jim qualified for the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Illness forced him to withdraw, but upon returning to Holy Cross, Daley was selected to the All-American Track Team from 1928–1930. He capped his outstanding track career on February 1, 1930, by setting a World Record in the 40-yard dash. He was truly the “Crown Prince” of track from the Lowell area.
From 1932 to 1938, he served on the Lowell School Committee, having been elected Vice-Chairman of this most vital body. He inaugurated many progressive educational improvements, and his long-range plans have been of great benefit to the children of the Lowell School System.
For 26 years, he directed the track team and taught at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. He was Chairman of the State Department of Education in the Northeastern area. The James S. Daley School in the Highlands section of Lowell is so named in honor of this fine gentleman.
Graduation/Class Year: 1924
LHS Sports Played: Baseball, Track
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LHS Sport Captain: Yes
College: Holy Cross
Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Qualified for the Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Netherlands,1928. Set a World Record in the 40-yard dash, 1930.
Nickname: "Crown Prince" of Track
Coach-Other Organization: Teacher and Track Coach at St. John's Prep in Danvers
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Political Office: Vice-Chairman of Lowell School Committee