Harold Gardner, Class of 1981, played three sports while at Bartlett, participating in cross country, track & field, and golf.
Harry is considered to be one of the finest runners in the history of the sports of cross-country and track at Bartlett High School.
In cross country, Harry did something remarkable his junior year. He ran in 12 meets and placed overall first in all of them, a feat that has never been duplicated in the history of Bartlett cross-country. His average winning margin was a remarkable 33 seconds. Harry led the team to its first Border Conference championship, with a team record of 12 and 0. Harry was selected as a Border Conference All-Star his sophomore through senior years. He was also selected as a Co-Captain his junior and senior years. During this time Harry set numerous course records. In his last 3 seasons, Harry had 34 wins out of 40 meets. He was named MVP sophomore through senior years.
Harry was also a factor in the newly reestablished outdoor track & field team, participating his junior year. He was outstanding in the 2 mile and 3000-meter races. He still holds the school records in both events, running the 3000 meters in 9:35 and the 2 mile in 10:20. These records stand as the oldest track & field records on the books at Bartlett.
Harry also played golf his freshman, sophomore, and senior years.
After graduating from Bartlett, Harry went on to the University of Massachusetts. He had a 20 year career in Law Enforcement and is currently the Plant Manager at WestRock Co. in Wakefield. Harry and his wife Cheryle reside in Chester, NH. They have three children, Shannon, Brooke, and Trevor.