Arthur Kruger was a graduate of Bartlett High School, Class of 1965.
Upon graduation, he attended Worcester State University and graduated in 1969 having earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education.
Arthur began his career with the Webster Public Schools in the fall of 1969, having been appointed to teach at the Webster Intermediate School. This would be the beginning of a 32-year partnership with both the academic and athletic departments of the Webster Public Schools.
Art was quickly selected by Athletic Director Sigmond "Ziggy" Strzelecki to work security at the Bartlett home football games and thereafter security and ticket sales for the home basketball games. His involvement in these programs would continue for the next 32 years, totaling 64 seasons supporting the Green and White athletic programs!
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, support staff can be defined as "people who work for an organization to keep it running and to support the people who are involved in the organization's main business." Art was certainly more than just that. In fact, Art could be described as the "Chairman of the Board" of all athletic support personnel at Bartlett.
Over his 3 decades of involvement, Art was a specialist in the following tasks: varsity football game security; varsity football game ticket booth sales and site management including 15 Thanksgiving Day Classics and 3 Central Mass Football Super Bowls; Varsity and JV boys and girls basketball security and ticket sales and site management; boys freshmen and boys and girls junior high basketball site management; and security for six cheerleading competitions. As a side note, Art would also provide night security from 7:00pm to 2:00am outside the main entrance to Memorial Athletic Field for the evening before Thanksgiving Football Classics as a preventative measure for unwanted visitors to the site.
In total, Art provided support for a phenomenal 1,919 Green and White athletic contests while providing exemplary and legendary behind the scenes loyalty and expertise to the program! Art also would often be found in attendance at many games that he was not working.
Art served the Webster Public Schools as a 6th grade teacher. While responsible for teaching all subjects, Science was the subject he held closest to his heart. He was a mentor to fellow teachers, served as a building representative, a Class Advisor, administered the annual Science Fair, and taught driver's education for many years. He was well admired and respected by his students and was presented with the Anthony J. Sitkowski School Yearbook Dedication for the 2001-2002 school year.
Arthur Kruger is deceased and is survived by his wife Nancy, son Christian, daughter Rebecca, and grandchildren who still reside in the Webster area.