Today in Bay View History, Eileen McSoley ’40 was born in 1922!
In the 1940s, a recent graduate of Bay View, Eileen McSoley, took a job as the new physical education instructor of the school. Her legacy to our herstory is important. as she was the very first laywoman to work at the school. She served many roles over the years, as a physical education teacher, English teacher, athletic director, basketball coach, student council moderator and guidance director.
She also reworked the lyrics from a popular song from the 1945 film, The Bells of St. Mary, and gave us the beautiful, tear-jerking alma mater we proudly sing today.
The Bells of St. Mary's at close of the day
are calling me homeward, back home to the Bay
And clear in the night air, their ringing I hear
I long to return there and find rest from care
The Bells of St. Mary's, ah hear, they are calling
the young of heart, the true of heart
who belong to Bay View
Their ringing reminds us of memories that bind us
and keep us close in mind and heart
to dear Bay View