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Dr. Thomas David McLennan (Assistant Principal) VIEW PROFILE

Dr. Thomas David McLennan (Assistant Principal)

McLENNAN DR. THOMAS DAVID, 80, born August 5, 1934, passed away January 13, 2015. Former Superintendent of Dearborn Public Schools,  Michigan; Former Executive Director of Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies; Former Assistant Principal, Dearborn High School.  Survived by his children David, (Karen) and Pamela (Stephen); grandchildren Max, Alex and Dylan.  Private services.  Donations appreciated to: The Metro Bureau's Thomas D. McLennan Scholarship Fund. 391 College of Education, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 48202.


Source:  1971 Pioneer Yearbook


Source:  1970 Pioneer Yearbook


Student Council Advisor

Source:  1970 Pioneer Yearbook


Source:  1969 Pioneer Yearbook


Photo taken by George Elanjian (DHS '70)

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01/18/15 04:45 PM #1    

Stan Guinn

What sad news .... we all knew Dr. McLennan. Even though he was not always the most popular administrator among all of us as students, I always thought he tried real hard to walk that fine line between being responsible when it came to enforcing school policies (that he had little control over) and yet be a friend of, and advocate for, us as DHS students. His was a tough job.....our high school experience was a better one because Dr. McLennan was a part of it.  He will be missed.....

01/19/15 07:31 AM #2    

David Paulson

Well said Stan.

01/19/15 01:20 PM #3    

William Brandon

I've pondered the nickname we gave Dr. McClennan, and he had to have heard it and it's derogatory meaning at that time in our lives. He rose above it and was a fair, trustable man who chose to follow his duties, rather than debate teens. He was a leader. He was a decent man and I hope his family heals and knows that many of us have regret for using that silly nickname. 

01/20/15 08:59 AM #4    

Sandie Post

Dr. McLennan was there for me when I experienced a very difficult situation which involved, as it turned out, another student at DHS.  He was very supportive and I felt his offer of an open door to his office was genuine. I truly felt I could go and talk with him about that incident or anything else that I needed to talk about.

No matter what we thought of him, or called him, he was a man who actually was looking our for us.  As stupid, high school kids, we generally don't know that adults - any adults! - are really looking out for us and actually know what they're talking about!!   : D

01/20/15 11:23 AM #5    

Joseph Vincent Borg

Dr. McLennan was tough. I was a tough kid, always in trouble. I went to Dearborn in one of those years district lines were changed and half the kids from OL Smith went to DHS. With no dad and a mom that could barely speak the language I spent alot of time in his office, by rights I should never have graduated but he got me through it. I am sure he earned a special place in heaven.

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