Editor's note: The long awaited release of "The Mighty Macs" inspired Paula Kocher, a lifelong East Whiteland resident, to pen her thoughts and memories about having Cathy Rush as a seventh-grade teacher, below.
The of “The Mighty Macs” is exciting for and residents alike. The beautiful campus on the hill will be seen by movie audiences nationwide! With all the hoopla (pun intended), I wondered if Patch would be a great place to share memories of those exciting years.
I bet there are current residents of the Malvern area that, like me, had Mrs. Rush for a gym teacher at Junior High. Yes, Junior High—no Middle School back in 1970-71.
I came across a spiral bound yearbook from seventh grade, and there are the faculty photos: Catherine Rush, Jane Campbell, Richard Delaney and Thomas Fillippo for the Physical Education Department.
Cathy Rush taught at the elementary school for two years before taking the coaching position at Immaculata. She gave her heart to the job. Does anyone remember the student/faculty basketball games? A packed gym, the noise deafening; it was the big event of the school year.
As a klutzy, left-handed seventh-grader, Mrs. Rush terrified me at first. By mid-winter, I had the measles, then the mumps and then an ear infection that broke my eardrum. I came back to school with bad balance and less endurance. I had a doctor’s note for gym for the first couple weeks, and I was sure Mrs. Rush would be mad at me. She had high expectations, even for 12-year-old girls.
Of course I was wrong, and Mrs. Rush was kind and understanding. I realized as I got older that Cathy Rush had a drive and a determination to be the best that she brought to everything she did—whether it was teaching seventh-graders or coaching a national championship.
Tell your friends and neighbors about the "Mighty Macs." Take your kids or grandkids to see the movie. You will be glad you did!
—Paula Kocher lives in East Whiteland.