Michael Gunn, head custodian, MacArthur High School, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2018 Excelsior Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and the Civil Service Employees Association.
Gunn earned the prestigious award based on his dedication and support for school athletics, as well as his ability to promote and foster athletic spirit at MacArthur High School.
Gunn, a resident of Levittown who was born with cerebral palsy, has been working in the Levittown Public Schools for more than 40 years. He was a cleaner at Levittown Memorial High School, head custodian at Northside Elementary School and Wisdom Lane Middle School and for the past 26 years has served as head custodian of MacArthur High School.
As a head custodian, Gunn has numerous responsibilities behind the scenes to help keep the building at its best and help the students and staff in any way he can. Among his many duties with the athletic department, Gunn and his crew help set up football games, all the activities and any events in the school’s gymnasium.
He credits a professional crew that works with district administrators for being able to do what he does on a daily basis. His colleagues are equally grateful to work with him. Keith Snyder, director of physical education, health and athletics, nominated Gunn for the 2018 Excelsior Award. In his nomination letter, Snyder reflected on how Gunn is an inspiration to all.
“Mike is a task master, often taking on additional responsibilities not included in his job description,” said Snyder. “He is a champion of kid’s needs, helping with the band, clubs and in particular with the Athletic Department. Our athletic program is robust and without Mike’s help in the many facets of our program we would be truly lost.”
MacArthur High School Principal Joseph Sheehan also praised Gunn for his tremendous efforts and the amazing individual that he is.