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Dedication from the 1966 Vilas Reflector:

"To the man who has become so much a part of Vilas High School and guided so many other senior classes through their four years, we, the class of 1966, dedicate this final Vilas Reflector."


Reflections from teachers & friends:

“In his middle years, when I first had the opportunity of knowing him, Dan had the walk and aura of a man who exuded confidence in all he undertook. He was a stocky man, over six feet tall with a barrel chest and a low, deep voice that commanded attention and respect. He had deep brown eyes that could penetrate when he chose to drive home a point. Those same brilliant eyes could also change the whole atmosphere when he broke into a low rumbling laugh causing his eyes to take on a unique twinkle. His hair was a pristine white, always neatly trimmed.

Dan's only ambition was to serve the community, preparing each student to attain their highest potential. His teachers became limbs extending from that one massive, nurturing tree providing shade during the sweltering days, protection from the wind when a storm appeared, and always being there as that one dependable entity in each student's life."

-Jeannette (Le Page) Allen, teacher - 1958-1963, 1965

Daniel M. Metcalf

Principal Daniel M. Metcalf

Before joining the faculty at Vilas High School in 1936, Mr. Metcalf was the Director of Athletics and a Social Sciences teacher at Pinkerton Academy for 10 years. In 1943, Mr. Metcalf became the headmaster, and the remainder of his career in education was spent at Vilas, where he indelibly made an impact on the character of the school, it's faculty and the students that attended until the high school closed in 1966.

His strengths as an educator were many, and varied. He blended discipline with understanding, authority with compassion, and humor in all things. Rules were enforced, but never at the expense of personal dignity, and as much as he abhorred tardiness, there was always some “consideration” given for family circumstances at home or the opening day of the fishing or the hunting season.

Dan hated gum chewing and kids walking on the school lawns, but he loved the two hand set shot in basketball, competition of all kinds, exhibitions of good sportsmanship, hard work and students that had a passion for learning, regardless the direction their enthusiasm took them. In Dan's school there was room for all manner of learning, but no room for apathy.

His faculty were encouraged to solve problems, in a non-traditional manner if necessary, but not come to him for solutions. He supported them completely and returned their loyalty with a fierce loyalty of his own that kept many renewing contracts even in the face of more lucrative teaching positions.

To all, he was an authority figure to be respected, and a mentor that could be trusted. He emphasized that more is learned in defeat than in victory, and in doing so prepared us well for the challenges that lay ahead. Daniel Metcalf passed away in 1992 at the age of 92. We miss him, and continue to honor his memory.

From the Springfield Eagle Times

Squire coach is much more
by Lee Maidrand

Dan Metcalf is an institution around the winding roads and rolling hills out Alstead way. But the sphere of his influence extends to a much wider circle.

"The Squire," as he has been known for over 20 years, was the resident hoop genius for two decades back in the heyday of Vilas High School. Vilas teams had no nickname until someone dubbed then the Squires in the late 40's. The name has stuck with coach and team to this day.

Dan hasn't been coaching for 16 years. Not actively, anyway. He retired in 1955 after 30 years in the game, the last 20 of which were at Vilas. At age 71, he still follows the sport keenly.

"It gets in your blood," he chuckled this morning.

Just as The Squire hasn't turned his back on basketball, the sport hasn't forgotten him. It paid him a fond remembrance over the weekend.

The New Hampshire basketball tourney is 50 years old this year. In a gesture of profound respect, the Golden Anniversary Tourney has been dedicated to The Squire. He was a very surprised honored guest at a banquet held at the Sheraton Wayfarer in Bedford Saturday.

Perhaps the dedication says it best:

"The Squire has been a father, teacher, administrator, referee, coach and friend to young men who have helped make our past 50 years glorious moments to remember.

"His dedication to youth, his drive for fair play and victory, his greatness and his humility so exemplify the true meaning of the word coach that he serves as a credit to basketball, his fellow men and, yes, to himself."

The Squire is someone very special.

See ya, coach.