Richard S Zielinski

Graduating class of 1954

The late Dick Zielinski left Central High in 1954, but Central High never left Dick Zielinski. Long after he graduated, “Twang” was a fixture at Central High football games. When the team played on the Gill Stadium turf, Dick would nervously pace the sidelines, shouting encouragement to the players on the field, or huddle with a group of former teammates at the rear of the grandstand and discuss the fortunes of Little Green football. For three seasons at Central, Zielinski was a top-notch quarterback who dazzled opponents with his precision passing as well as his elusive running. He was the starting quarterback for the Granite State squad in the initial New Hampshire-Vermont Shrine Football Game. He was also a member of the varsity baseball team for three years and varsity basketball team for two. After a tour of duty with the US Army, Dick attended St. Anselm College from 1958 to 1962. For nearly 34 years, he was employed by the State of New Hampshire as a physical education teacher and recreation director at the New Hampshire Youth Development Center in Manchester. He was also active in coaching youth sports and was a member of the Manchester Gridiron Club. Dick Zielinski's work ethic was recognized by two former governors, John Sununu and Steve Merrill, who issued resolutions praising his decades of dedicated service to the state. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; a daughter Jo-Ann ('80), and a son, Brian ('83).