Superintendent Bernard P. Pierorazio and Mr. Macknowski, October 2009
2012 Update: Mr. Macknowski competed with teammate Steve Lysak, becoming the first Americans to win the Gold in canoeing. Lysak, who was orphaned as a boy, lived at the Graham School in Hastings, and built the canoe that he and Macknowski used. He died in Yonkers at the age of 89 in 2002. Mr. Macknowski is now 90 years of age, and happily still calls Yonkers home.
(October 2009) Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Macknowski (Saunders '39) is pictured with Superintendent of Schools and former Saunders principal Bernard P. Pierorazio (Yonkers '70) at the centennial celebration of Saunders Trades & Technical High School, October 2009.
Mr. Macknowski, a member of the Yonkers Canoe Club (now the Yonkers Paddling & Rowing Club), won the Gold in the 10,000-meter canoeing event and Silver in the 1,000 during the first Summer Olympic games after World War II, held in London.
Since Mr. Macknowski’s graduation 70 years ago, Yonkers Public Schools has changed in many ways, but it remains committed to challenging the city’s youth to aspire to their highest potential.