Bea Rowney ‘32 | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School

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Bea Rowney ‘32

Bea Rowney ‘32



In 1929 physical education for girls consisted of 15 minutes a day with Miss Myrtle Healy. The physical education area was between Notre Dame and St. Joseph Elementary School. Bea was the captain of the basketball team as a senior. Upon graduation Bea worked at the Park and Recreation Department in Alameda. In 1940 Sister Catherine Julie hired Bea to teach physical education in the mornings at Notre Dame. Classes consisted of folk dancing, marching, calisthenics, volleyball, three court basketball and tennis. Without much space and with orders not to make too much noise, Bea began her role as coach and educator. Many children’s lives were touched by Bea who continued her work for the City of Alameda in the Recreation Department for 42 years.