Manchester Central
Hall Of Fame

Joseph E Bronstein

Joseph E. "Joe" Bronstein has been described as "one of the most colorful, personable, and highly regarded figures in Manchester education during the 20th century". Joe was graduated from Central in 1928 and from the University of New Hampshire in 1932. At Central, he was a guard on the basketball team for two years and was "well known throughout New England for his prowess as a basketball player". At UNH, Joe played guard on the freshman basketball championship team in 1928, and on the varsity squad for three years. He was a charter member of the 100 Club at UNH. After UNH, Joe began a 28 year career at Central as a teacher and basketball coach (1936) and, later, as head of the Commercial Department (1954). As a coach, his teams finished as runnerup several times, and won the State Title in 1941 when they competed in the New England Tournament. His career was interrupted for service in the US Army in WW II. On his return, he earned a Master's degree from Boston University. In 1960, in what would be a capstone to a 40 year career in education, Joe was appointed as the founding principal of Manchester Memorial High School. He immediately put together a first-rate faculty and coaching staff that brought Memorial to prominence in both education and athletics. He retired in 1972. Joe served for many years on the Vocational Education Advisory Committee of the NH State Department of Education. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kessler Bronstein and a daughter, Maxine Selig.