With this issue of The Press we are introducing “Murph’s Musings,” a monthly column covering a variety of topics, which will be written by East Quogue resident Don Murphy.
Mr. Murphy has lived with his family in East Quogue since 1997. His wife, Susan, is a labor and delivery nurse at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. His son, Kevin, and daughter, Molly, graduated from Westhampton Beach High School and went on to earn degrees from SUNY Albany and Boston College, respectively.
Mr. Murphy retired in June after 28 years working in secondary education as a teacher, guidance counselor and administrator. He began his career as a health teacher/counselor in Romulus, New York, in 1983 before becoming a counselor at Plainview-Old Bethpage High School in 1985. In 1987, he was appointed guidance director at Center Moriches High School, a position he held until 1995, at which time he became the guidance director at Westhampton Beach High School.
In 1998, he became an assistant principal at Longwood High School. Four years later, William Floyd High School administrators hired him as their associate principal for guidance services. He held that position until 2006 when he returned to Longwood High School to serve as principal until his retirement this past July.
Mr. Murphy, the sixth of 11 children (six boys, five girls), grew up in Amityville. He graduated from Amityville High School in 1968 and Niagara University in 1972, at which time he was drafted into the Army. He served three years as a clerk-typist and radio broadcaster. He was stationed in Vicenza, Italy for the last 30 months of his service.
Before becoming an educator, Mr. Murphy worked in customer relations at Nike for two years and then as a live-in social worker at a halfway house for emotionally troubled young adults for three years.