William T Riely Class of 1960

Inducted Class of 2018

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Known by his friends as Billy T. served as a drummer in the DHS band. Graduated with honors in High School and College. Upon graduation Billy T, returned to Dayton where he served as Teacher of Math, Guidance Counselor, and Assistant Superintendent. Like his father before him Billy T spent his life dedicated to the people of Dayton.
As a DHS band member, Bill established his own style while marching with his bass drum onto the field swinging his drumsticks high above his head- a great sight to see, and by the way, putting to shame all the other area bands. He graduated from Georgetown College in 1964, majoring in Math. In 1965 he returned to DHS to pursue his career as high school math teacher. Although his Dad was school superintendent, Bill always stood on his own merit. During his tenure as math teacher, Bill received his level 1 Masters Degree from Xavier University. For a short period, Bill acted as guidance counselor before accepting position as Assistant Superintendent (a position he held until his retirement in 1997-his entire career spent at his Alma Mater). Under Bill’s expert eye Dayton Schools became “the richest little poor school ” in the area. The number of grants he wrote and received, too numerous to mention, assured Dayton students a quality education. Bill Riley was the man behind the curtain ,to be sure. Every single student from 1970 to 1997 owes Billy T., as he was affectionately known, a sincere debt of gratitude.