ORONO, Maine — Robert Lucy was met with applause Friday night as he was inducted into Orono High School’s athletic hall of fame during a ceremony at halftime of the school’s football game with Dexter High.
The honor came two days after the former Orono Middle School principal was placed on paid administrative leave from his new position as assistant superintendent of Bangor schools, pending an investigation into a 2011 Maine Department of Education report that stated Lucy told staff members to allow some students to alter their answers on a 2011 standardized test, against “clearly stated” rules and regulations, while he was principal. He had not returned messages seeking comment.
Asked at the Orono event whether he would be willing to comment on the Bangor School Department investigation or the reported 2011 testing violations, Lucy shook his head, turned and walked away.
Lucy, a 1978 graduate of Orono High, starred in football, basketball and track for the Red Riots. He went on to play football at the University of Maine.
Lucy returned to Orono High School to teach and coach, and guided the Red Riots’ football team to an 80-17 record that included four LTC regular-season championships, five Eastern Maine runner-up finishes and Class B state championships in 1990 and 1994. He was named LTC Coach of the Year three times.