First Bill and Mary Tighe Scholarships presented

October 14, 2009

LHS Class of 2009 grads Lance Green and Darren Holloway were recently presented with the inaugural scholarships from the Mary and William Tighe Scholarship Fund.

The two recipients were treated to lunch at Palio's Italian Grill and an opportunity to hear words of encouragement from longtime Lexington High School varsity football head coach Bill Tighe and former LHS gridiron greats Cecil Cox and Justin Beckett who went on to play at Harvard and Duke respectively.

Cox and Beckett, with cooperation from Coach Tighe, helped to establish the fund. The Mary and William Tighe Scholarship Fund was established to honor the legacy of Mary Tighe and in acknowledgement of Coach Bill Tighe's continued commitment to the Lexington community, and the profound impact both have had on the Lexington-Metco program.

The goal of the fund is to provide financial support to graduating METCO senior athletes attending Lexington High School, who demonstrate high academic and leadership promise through their commitment to scholarly achievement, their service to community, their proven team work, and who best promote those values that Mary and Bill Tighe imparted to student-athletes through their teaching and personal example.

The fund awards two scholarships annually to graduating Metco students, who have been accepted to a college, university or institute of higher learning. The scholarships will consist of a one time monetary grant of $2,500 and $1,500 respectively.

Mary and Bill Tighe were married in 1949 and became the proud parents of six children. It was clear to everyone who came in contact with Mary Tighe, that creating a positive home life for her family was priority one. She was steadfast in her support of Bill during his career as an educator and coach, and her grace and warmth of personality resonated with all the student-athletes that were welcomed in their home.

Mary passed away in 2006. Coach Tighe took the reigns of the Lexington High School football program in 1975 and guided the program to new heights.

Congratulations to Lance and Darren on this extraordinary achievement. For more information on the fund, visit

Oct. 2009 - First Bill and Mary Tighe Scholarships presented
Dec. 2008 - Application Deadline