Andrew “Kuba” Jarzabski brought much notoriety to Bartlett High School, performing as an outstanding three-sport athlete during the early 1940s.
Many remember him by his nickname, Kuba, although it is uncertain how the calling card came about. In any event, Andy is among the early athletes who possessed that extra drive to excel.
He contributed greatly for three years on each of the varsity baseball, basketball, and football teams.
Andy was an all-star catcher on the baseball squad, being a member of the undefeated team that compiled a 14-0 record in 1941. He left the Bartlett nine with a .531 batting average, a single season school record. He joins teammates Same Cowicz, John Stefanik, and Paul Deary, previously individual inductees from that 1941 baseball team, as a member of the Hall of Fame.
In basketball, Andy was a stalwart defensive player and top scorer during an era when game totals were unlike those of today. The all-star scored 151 points for his career, placing him about the elite scorers in Bartlett history at that time. During the 1940-41 season, the team compiled a 24-3 record, with the tree losses totaling four points. Andy was team captain during that stellar season.
In football, Andy was a swift running back who contributed greatly during the team’s success. During his 3-year tenure, Bartlett compiled a 15-8-2 record.
After graduation, Andy received a scholarship to play football at Seton Hall University where he played one year. He left school when World War II started, joining the U.S. Marine Corps.
After the war, the late Andrew Jarzabski returned to Dudley and later moved to Florida where he worked as a painter.