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S: Friday Saeptember, 23rd, 2011

BC: Dalton Song We go forth unafraid, Strong with love and strong with learning. New worlds will be made Where we set our beacons burning. For each child, Great and small Is friendly with man and beast, And the world that holds them all. We sing to you; this our praise Flung like a banner over Dalton days. This is the school we have worked in and made. Here we have learned to go forth unafraid. Words by Nancy Cardozo

FC: David Dunkel Athletic Hall of Fame

1: 1984 Dalton Baseball Team

2: Oh there are so many Dave Dunkel memories!!! I am thinking of one trip in particular that Allan and I shared with David and Linda in France and Italy. One day as we were in Milan NOTable to see the newly renovated Last Supper, we made an arrangement to meet friends in Venice for dinner. We pretty much drove the Auto Strada as that was the fast way. We drove as far as Verona in the morning and stopped there for lunch. We found a lovely restaurant within the walls, and I mentioned that I would love to get some "blood" oranges..David assured me he had seen a place on the way in where I could get them. We all enjoyed yet another wonderful taste of Italian cuisine. After we finished.David and Allan went on ahead and told us to meet them at the car..Linda and I searched for the store that had oranges...There was no obvious produce store. What we did find that had the"blood" oranges in the window was a travel agency with gorgeous photos of the oranges..No chance of going back into the city. Now we have time constraints....When Linda and I returned to the car we found a small crowd watching David and Allan both wearing their Blue Dalton coaching jackets and frantically pulling paper out of a trash basket and examining it. People on the street looked quizzically at them and at one another. Clearly these men lost something important..We asked-- They answered. They had lost the Auto Strada ticket and thought they'd have to pay the entire cross country fare. Now Linda and I began howling with laughter..When we pulled ourselves together, we told them they had paid it in order to exit the highway. When they realized how silly they looked to the townspeople and to us, they finally laughed as hard as we did. Now talk about time constraints! Now talk about another funny memory! Connie Mayer Boyers

4: Dunk, you were the master of the “teachable moment.” Whenever times seemed most difficult, you not only handled the problem, you made it a learning experience for everyone involved. When we were on the baseball trip and “Superman” went through the glass door, the team, as well as myself, was expecting you to chew them out. What transpired was magical, as your caring for your players came across in a soft spoken, heartfelt talk that left the players with an understanding of the depth and sincerity of your concern. (not to mention they also were a little relieved, having feared the worst) ;) I've told you many times how much I was in awe of that moment and have witnessed similar things, many other times as well. That is just one of the many reasons you are amazing! -Roy Samuelsen

6: My fondest memory of Dunk is of playing for him on the middle school football team. Dunk was always upbeat and everyone loved playing for him. Even practice was fun and it would usually start with an"OK - let's go ladies". As for the playbook - offense was pretty much run left or run right, although we did have a fake screen pass left / screen pass right which was pretty successful in my 8th grade season. For defense - every play was a full blitz. I remember my 8th grade season the best - if not for my fumble and Steve Labow's poorly executed quarterback sneak in our last game against Buckley, we would probably have given Dunk an undefeated season (for the record, that would have been3 - 0). It's too bad everyone from my grade was pretty-much the same size in 12th grade as we were in 8th - it made winning games in high school much more difficult. Anyway, I'm really happy to hear about renaming the Athletic Hall of Fame in Dunk's honor. It's a fitting tribute to a great coach and friend. Don Lustig

7: My father and David spent every day together at Dalton for years. They shared an office, which was the most hilarious place to be at any given moment; they played cards together on the long bus rides to and from games, always kibbitzing and needling each other; they consulted on their clothing choices for events, and then wore something different to the consternation of the other; they shared their faux-beleaguered-husband status while all the while knowing that Connie & Linda were the best wives out there; they traveled together, having one ridiculous episode after another; and they even made Page Six of The New York Post as “two old jewish fat guys from New Jersey” who somehow beat Mariska Hargitay and her entourage in a karoake contest at a New York club. When they retired from Dalton, they moved near each other in Florida and continued their friendship and hijinks. David has been a dear and true friend of my family for many years and I love him very much. Whenever I think of him, I hear him laughing and “giving me the business” and I wouldn’t trade all my memories of him for the world. Congratulations David on having the Hall of Fame named after you – you deserve the honor and I know how pleased my dad would be! With much love, Rand Boyers Peppas '78

8: I like to think Dunk and I had a special relationship.... In 1979 I was growing up in his in laws neighborhood in Queens New York and somehow Coach found me. The 3 years I spent with Dunk and Dalton were in valuable in my life and indelible in my mind.... During baseball season we would spend an hour together in his car while he drove himself home and me back into Queens.I remember those spring afternoons very fondly. Teachers, mentors and coaches like Dave Dunkel are one of the few people that I consider heroes today. John Copulos

9: Dear Dunk, Way too many amazing memories to list them all, but some of the most memorable are from the trips to Miami for varsity baseball spring training. Is it odd that each of the three years we had to stay at a different hotel as we were not "welcome back" -- come to think about it there were many places that we were only allowed to go once and I am sure we still hold the record for the most people kicked off the go carts at one time -- 17! Hanging out in your office and the car trips to games were banco popular ( sorry inside joke ) but most importantly they were some of my favorite times in school. Congratulations on a very well deserved honor, you are a coach, a teacher, a friend and a wonderful part of so many students school experiences. With much appreciation and great fondness, Jeffrey Godsick

10: A story that I remember fondly was when being hired by Dalton to vteach Physical Education and coach, I was very proud of my abilities/experience as a basketball coach. I had, as references, letters from a highly recognized college and NBA basketball coaches. I met with Dunk and he told me that my coaching assignments would be soccer, wrestling and baseball. Dunk and I laughed about this for years. What I appreciate most about Dunk is that he created the atmosphere at Dalton in Physical Education and, even more so in athletics, where the individual student was appreciated, welcomed and encouraged. I consider it an atmosphere that I consider very much like one at a good summer camp, which is the highest praise that I can give. Congratulations to Dunk on this much deserved honor. Rich Gersten, teacher/coach: 1981-1997

12: Dear David, You started as my first boss, soon became my greatest mentor, and now, you are my lifelong friend. Thank you for being such an important part of my life for 37 years. I was thrilled to hear you were being honored with the “David Dunkel Athletic Hall of Fame”. You are so deserving of this honor! You have been a tremendous influence on Dalton athletics. You have forever touched the lives of countless athletes, students, and coaches. Congratulations! Love ya, Anne Haskin

13: Aside from the thousands of games we watched together and the thousands of kids we worried about together, the wonderful reunions at the Silver Circle, knowing your wife and kids, the thing that stands out first and foremost when I think of you is that you taught me to throw "not like a girl" (by telling me it was just the same as a tennis serve)! So thanks. -Judy Geller

14: "When someone has touched a life as profoundly as Mr. Dunkel, (which I will always call him regardless of his insistence on "Dunk") has touched mine, it is hard to keep this note short. The one story I would like to share however happened many years after my days playing shortstop for him ended. In October of 2001, after hearing of my dad's passing from a friend, Mr. Dunkel called me from Florida. His comforting words and heartfelt condolences are something I will never, ever forget. But that is not only how he is as a person, that is also how he was as my coach. From day one,Mr. Dunkel treated me with the respect a teenager craves but rarely gets from a high school coach. His confidence in my athletic ability was surpassed only by his capacity to make this fireman's son believe he belonged at Dalton. Our relationship did not evolve through the years from coach to friend, it began as friend and will always remain so. Plus, he never said anything about that night on the balcony in Florida." Ron Reggio '76

15: “Dunk, in many ways, encapsulates all of my fondest memories about Dalton. Dunk had a profound effect, not just on the way I participated in sports, but on how to think about life and my interactions with other people. The positive influence that Dunk always offered resulted in Dunk holding a permanent special place in my heart and the hearts of my family. My earliest memories with Dunk reach back to the 6th grade, playing for the middle school football team. Dunk would get on you for mental and physical mistakes, but it was impossible not to know that he was always supportive and would do anything for his players. In high school, my relationship with Dunk only grew closer, both on the baseball field, but also in the famous Dunk/Boyers homeroom. As part of the lucky group that got to spend this additional time with Dunk, I got further insight into Dunk’s dedication to the development of every kid that he interacted with (not to mention the pure entertainment that came from the interactions with Coach Boyers). Although our teams didn’t have a lot of success on the baseball field, from the hot spring trainings in Florida to the rough dirt infields of Randall’s Island, these are experiences I will always cherish. Further, even though Dunk wasn’t officially a Coach of high school football when I played on the team, I remember him being at every game, where he was obviously not just a passive observer. Instead, he would be rooting on the players and telling Coach Samuelsen to call more passing plays, which was always music to the ears of the quarterback. Most of all, though, my greatest memories of Dunk are just going over to the gym early before practice to sit down in the office and spend time discussing whatever the topic of the day was (which of course was Dunk’s choice). My wife and I, who are both Dalton graduates and members of the Dunk fan club, were so excited and appreciative to see Dunk’s face and hear Dunk’s voice on a video that our friends made for the rehearsal dinner of our wedding. It was the best gift that we could have gotten from someone that we have unlimited love and respect for. Dan Fabian ‘97

16: "You are the best ..You have touched the lives of so many and inspired us all." all our love Jacqueline and Fred Fisher A.K.A. Jonathan Fisher's parents.

17: From middle school football to varsity baseball, I always loved playing for Dunk. He gave me the confidence that I could and would succeed. I'll always remember one baseball game (in Dunk's last year at Dalton), when he pulled me off of the bench mid-inning and said, "Martin, go in and catch. You're going to throw that guy out." I hustled to get my gear on, and sure enough, I gunned down the Hackley runner trying to steal third base. Dunk, thanks for your constant encouragement and for being such an important part of my experience at Dalton. -Andy Martin '98

18: Has it really been 40 years since we first met at Dalton, you as a coach and the Athletic Director, and me as a high school female athlete? On the surface we were so different – our genders, our ages (maybe there isn’t such a difference, but it seemed so at the time!), your intimidating presence, and the respective sports each of us adored. These differences were evi-dent in our initial encounter which occurred after you, once again, cancelled our girls’ varsity basketball practice when our coach was absent. I came to your office to complain and asked whether you cancelled the boys’ team practice when coach Boyers was not there. You replied, “of course not!” To which I replied, “then it’s unfair to cancel the girls’ practice.” You seemed stunned – in fairness, this was before your daughters were intensely involved in competitive ath-letics! Being the good sport and fair person that you are, however, you agreed to rein-state our practice and then ran it yourself – to the chagrin of my teammates who had never en-dured such a demanding workout. During the practice you yelled at us, “You’re playing like a bunch of girls!” Humorously, we answered “But Mr. Dunkel, we are a bunch of girls!” Over my high school years, the differences seemed to matter less than our simi-larities as well as the respect and admiration we developed for each other. We shared a passion for sports, for Dalton, for Dalton sports and eventually a passion for Brown women’s tennis as well! I admired your decency, kindness, sportsmanship, sense of humor, understanding of the competing demands on student athletes and your love of family and friends. I spent countless hours “schmoozing” with you and coach Boyers – and watching you two verbally spar – in the PE office overlooking the old Dalton gym on the 10th floor, and then at the 87th street building. I always left those offices in a good mood! When I was a senior, I was honored that you presented me with the girls’ sports awards at our dinner. I was particularly touched when you said that you hoped that your daugh-ters would turn out like me. (How ironic that all of us went to Brown and played on the tennis team!) Years later, at your retirement party in the Dalton gym, I thought back to your kind words. I was so sorry that my sons never got to play for you, or travel to Florida for your fa-mous/infamous baseball trips. I was especially sorry that my sons were never able to befriend you as I have, and never benefited from your wisdom as a coach or as a mentor in life. As you wished that your daughters would grow up to be like me, I hope that my sons have your charac-ter, caring and enjoyment of life in essence become the type of person you are, Dunk! I cannot think of a more fitting tribute than to name the Athletic Hall of Fame af-ter you – a Hall of Famer in sports and in life. Love - Nancy Neff

19: In 1981, at the end of the football season, I asked Dunk if I could be the team doctor in 15 years when I finished my training. From behind a newspaper he said, "sure". I pressed him to promise me and he did. Fifteen years later I called the Athletic Director, Steve Young, and told him I finished my training and would like to be the Football Team doctor. Steve said that, unfortunately, he already had someone lined up. I called Dunk in Florida and reminded him of his promise. A few minutes later, Steve called to welcome me back to the team. Dunk had stayed true to his word! Tim Radomisli

20: Dave, There is nobody more deserving than you to be receiving this special honor and recognition and it is truly a fitting and appropriate tribute to your legacy at Dalton. For me personally, you played such a significant role in my development and love of sports and tennis. Your support of me through high school and well beyond was unconditional. I became part of your family, and playing tennis with Jill is one of my fondest memories of those years. Even today, when I pass by exit 37 on the Long Island Expressway I still think of all of you including Bunky, the dog. You’ve always had the right approach with sports – take it seriously, work hard, compete, but have fun win or lose. And that’s why kids of all ages have always been able to trust you, look up to you and follow your lead. You’ve touched so many lives over the years including mine and Dalton was lucky to have you. From myself, my mother, father and sister – the entire Abbey family – we wish you a heartfelt congratulations and lots of love! Jon, Diane, Arthur and Leslie

22: David Dunkel earned the title of Leader, Teacher, Administrator, Avid Learner, Father, Brother and Son....Dunk is the Man!...I consider myself blessed, loved, and extremely fortunate to have him in my life!....One story that I believe captures the true spirit of Dunk and sends an important message on how we should conduct ourselves is that of "The Nag and the Thoroughbred." It was spring break and we were attempting to get the boys in shape and prepare for a season that had some great expectations! Unfortunately, we were met with great resistance and the boys rallied together to form an alliance and voice their opinions on how they felt. The team spirit and morale was getting destroyed as the murmors and whimpering continued with expressions of discontent and a mutiny was upon us! Dunk immediatly sensed the dissension amongst team leaders and eventually the entire squad. He addressed the group in the humble, well-educated and experienced manner that defined Dave, who is not a stranger to this type of retreat by students when things got rough. In a gentile, yet stern voice he told his story. There are two types of horses, a Nag and a Thoroughbred. When you whip the Nag, she lays down, cowers, and refuses to move, but when you whip the thoroughbred, she runs like a campion and wins races! He firmly posed the question to the members of the team, "WELL, ARE YOU GOING TO BE A NAG OR A THOROUGHBRED?" I'm not sure if the team went on that year to win a championship, but I am certain that like so many before them and so many more after them, they have gone on to be champions in life, thanks to the guidance of David Dunkel! - Jim Armata

24: Dunk, Congratulations! Without you, there would be no Dalton Hall of Fame. It is only fitting that it will be named for you. Some of my fondest memories from my years at Dalton are from when I was in your office listening to the banter between you and Coach Boyers. Your door was always open and you made everyone feel welcome, freshman and senior alike. It was an entertaining show that you could have charged admission for. More importantly, your examples of friendship, enthusiasm and humor have been life-long lessons. I only wish I played baseball too. Thanks for everything! Billy Frischling

25: Congratulations to Dunk for having the Dalton Athletic Hall of Fame named in his honor. The Dalton Athletic Department and Coach Dunkel were both so meaningful and important to my Dalton experience and were also significant drivers of my decision to attend Dalton starting in the 9th grade. That shouldn’t remotely suggest or indicate any great athletic prowess on my part, only that in watching Dalton through the eyes of my older brother Billy, it was the enthusiasm, dedication and friendships I saw among Dalton coaches and a variety of sports teams that made the school seem so very appealing and exciting. My single greatest takeaway from Coach Dunkel was the way he approached each day at Dalton, with energy and smile on his face. He walked the halls as a gentle giant, he was approachable, engaging and simply excited each day, but never more so than when spring approached and baseball season began. It was at that moment that Athletic Director Dunkel transitioned into Coach Dunkel and that only added to his width of his smile. I had the privilege of playing in the baseball program for four years and on the varsity team for 3 years. My own personal stories from those years are a personal highlight reel of funny, interesting and even scary moments with Dunk. Now just over 25 years since high school, several of those stories get retold and make me smile with memories of Dalton and Dunk. Rather than retell any of those hear, I’ll simply note that I learned a great deal from Dunk and that my favorite stories with him remind me of those lessons all the time. I learned about the concept of “present value” with a contribution to the baseball team tin for which donations were made in connection with poor language. I developed my “culinary-interests” during spring training in Florida and shared that experience with Dunk to his great regret. I learned how not to “count chickens before they hatch” or “draw conclusions too quickly” and that I may very well have been one of the slowest players ever to wear a Dalton uniform. I learned that “what goes up must come down”, when I took out a little frustration on my own helmet and Dunk was waiting for me on the third base line to explain the “laws of psychics” and the corresponding consequences for disrespecting them. Each of the above lessons and experiences all made for good fun and sincerely lasting memories. However, nothing was as important as the lessons Coach Dunkel taught me about how one should approach work, connect with his students and players and interact with his colleagues and peers. Coach Dunkel is a passionate and enthusiastic man. He brings energy and positivity to everything and everyone around him. He is also incredibly loyal and that includes loyalty to the Dalton School and everyone he connected with personally. Lastly, in addition to being a great and committed teacher, coach and administrator, he also showed that he was a great family man and being part of the Dalton of the Athletic family also allowed you to be part of the Dunkel family. I’m grateful for everything I learned and experienced with Coach Dunkel and feel very lucky to call him my friend. Congratulations on the well deserved honor and I look forward to retelling for many more years the stories we shared together. - Jimmy Frischling

26: Dunk, Congratulations on this great honor! Dalton wouldn't be where it is now without you and your vision. We honor you not only as one of the best coaches in the history of our school, but also as the Associate Head of School and the Director of Athletics. There are so many memories from the time we shared at Dalton, but what stands out most is your ability to create a family among the athletes and coaches.You saw that everyone got involved and made everyone feel welcome. You created an excellent program—something to emulate and be proud of. We continue building on the foundation you created at Dalton. Your legacy and all you have done will forever be a part of Dalton Athletics. Thank you for everything you taught me, and for many years of sound guidance and advice. Teddy Frischling '89

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