Frank Cunningham - Administrator
Cunningham’s induction was a result of his behind-the-scenes support of athletics during his tenure as high school principal from 1923-65.
Cunningham attended Patten Academy and later went on to Bates College, where he received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
No one was a bigger sports fan than Cunningham, who firmly believed in the old adage that sports builds character.
He was very active in the community. He was the first honorary member of the Presque Isle Rotary Club and received a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Cunningham was presented the Outstanding Citizen Award by the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce in 1966. He served as treasurer of the Northern Maine Fair for 25 years and was president of the Aroostook Teachers Association and the Maine Principals’ Association.
In 2004, he was inducted posthumously into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors
Keenan was the SAD 1 athletic administrator from 1983-91 and made a huge impact by upgrading the school’s athletic program during his tenure. Keenan developed the basketball teams’ schedule after four Aroostook League schools dropped the Wildcats from their schedules. He was a force behind the development of the Eastern Seven League, which included Presque Isle, Caribou, Old Town, Brewer, Hampden Academy, Nokomis and Stearns and was eventually expanded to include all sports. The league developed into what is now the Big East Conference.
The creation of the successful Wildcat hockey program also came during his years on the job.
Along the way, Keenan upgraded all the team’s uniforms, worked with coaches to improve the competitiveness of each athletic team, helped make improvements to the Athletic Boosters Club and got involved in numerous Maine Principals’ Association committees to make sure PIHS and other schools
He was also inducted into the Maine Sports Legends Hall of Honors.
Eric Wielder—Class 1979
Wieder was one of the more dominant basketball players in the state in the late-1970s and led the Wildcats to an Eastern Maine Class A title as a senior in 1979.
He finished with 1,056 career points, including 428 in his final season which established a school record at the time. He also set marks for most rebounds in a season (279), most rebounds in a game (22), most field goals in a season (174) and most free throws in a season (80).
After high school, he went on to a Hall of Fame career at the University of Maine at Farmington. He played all four years, from 1979-83, and made the All-Maine Collegiate second team on two occasions. As a sophomore, Wieder was named to the Maine College Coaches and Writers All-Maine Team. He was team MVP his final three years and led the Beavers in rebounding all four years.
After graduation, Wieder was invited to NBA Summer Camp by the Washington Bullets and New Jersey Nets.
Richard Drummond—Class 1989
Drummond was an exceptional Wildcat athlete during the late-1980s, playing four years of varsity soccer and three years of varsity basketball.
He eclipsed the 1,000-point mark as a senior and the postseason accolades kept coming as his team once again reached the regional finals. He was an Aroostook County all-star, made the Maine McDonald’s Senior All-Star Team, was again a BDN all tourney selection and Big East all-conference player and was voted to the BDN all-state second team.
In soccer, Drummond helped his Wildcats to a combined record of 25-5-2 his sophomore and junior seasons. A talented midfielder, he finished in the top three in the career scoring list at PIHS and was an All-Aroostook first team selection. Drummond was named PIHS’s male athlete of the year to culminate his successful career.
He went on to play basketball for two seasons at the University of Maine at Presque Isle and after earning his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, coached several subvarsity teams in Presque Isle before embarking on a teaching, coaching and administrative career that included stops at Penquis Valley Middle School, Noble Middle School, Noble High School and Portland High School.