Avon Old Farms School began hiring "progressive teachers who trained a student to 'seek knowledge and establish facts for himself'" in 1927 – a tradition that remains strong today.
SANDRA KATZ (2003)
M.A., Trinity College
Henry Coons '71 spent his formative years in Port Washington and Huntington, Long Island and most of his teenage and early adult years in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He came to Avon Old Farms School as a sophomore in the fall of 1968 and graduated in 1971. At Avon, he was head monitor in Elephant Dorm annex and played varsity football, basketball, and baseball, and was captain of the varsity football and baseball teams.
Henry matriculated to Muhlenberg College where he majored in history, minored in education, and lettered in varsity football and baseball. After Muhlenberg, Henry started his teaching career at the Searing Tutorial School in New York City. On Avon's Alumni Weekend in the spring of 1976, Headmaster George Trautman hired Henry to teach history and coach. From 1976 until 1998 Henry taught European History, United States History, United States Government, Modern Presidency, Economics, and coached sub-varsity and varsity level football, basketball, wrestling, and Henry has been the head varsity tennis coach for 39 of the past 43 seasons. He also ran Eagle Dormitory for fifteen years. From 1981 until 1998, Henry spent his summers managing and serving as the head tennis professional at the Hartford Tennis Club in West Hartford, Connecticut. In 1984, Henry received his master's degree in history from Trinity College.
In 1998, Henry shifted gears towards alumni and development work where he is currently Director of Alumni Giving and also raising capital gifts, and is active in stewardship and alumni relations.
Henry and his wife Marie were married in 1980 and have three children, Christina, Brittany, and Casey '07 and three grandchildren, Nico, Nora, and Henry. In his free time, Henry enjoys tennis, squash, running, hiking, kayaking, and spending time at his home on Moose Pond in Otisfield, Maine.