Residents oppose naming North Quincy H.S. field after controversial figure

QUINCY, MASS. (WHDH) - Some residents in Quincy are disappointed with the town’s decision to name a high school football field after a controversial figure.

The North Quincy High School football field has been named Creedon Field, after a well-known family with deep roots in Quincy. Mayor Thomas Koch said it is meant to honor the “tremendous contributions” made by several generations of the family, including Lawrence Creedon.

Lawrence Creedon was the former Quincy Schools Superintendent, who resigned in 1984 after being accused of inappropriately touching a female student. In an unrelated case, Creedon admitted to sexually assaulting a mentally ill homeless woman.

“I received a call or two about this but I also received a number of calls saying, ‘What a wonderful thing,’ because of what the Creedons have done for the community,” said Koch.

Some in the community said they wished the name was not chosen, or at least, that Lawrence Creedon would be ignored while honoring the rest of his family.

“They could have omitted him but they didn’t,” said parent Veronica Bertrand, who said Lawrence was specifically mentioned, along with his relatives. Koch said despite what Creedon did, he still contributed a lot to Quincy, having served as superintendent for 16 years and co-founding the town’s youth football.

Complaints about the field’s name apparently came too late, as no one showed up during public comment to voice their concern. The Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously to name it “Creedon Field” and it will officially be dedicated on Saturday.

(Copyright (c) 2019 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)