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John P. Tobin Jr.

November 29, 1938September 12, 2019

John P. Tobin - November 29, 1938 - September 12, 2019

JOHN P. TOBIN Educator, Coach, Staten Island Sports Hall of Famer and Advance Service Award recipient, Founding President of Board of Trustees of New World Prep Charter School

John P. Tobin a retired New York City high school principal. administrative superintendent, assistant to three Chancellors of the former New York City Board of Education, Vice President of the Siemens Foundation and Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New World Prep Charter School in Port Richmond died September 12, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. John was a 2006 inductee to the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame and a former recipient of the Staten Island Advance's All Star Service award in 1968.

Born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, John was brought to Staten Island as an infant. During World War II he attended schools in North and South Carolina while living with his family returning to Staten Island in 1950 where he resided the remainder of his life. An Alum of St. Peter's Boys high school and Manhattan College he was a member of the legendary Manhattan College track and field teams of the late nineteen fifties. John began teaching and coaching on Staten Island in St. Peter's Boys High School and Port Richmond High School. As a young teacher, John continued his graduate work at Wagner College, St. John's University, Long Island University and Kean College in New Jersey where he achieved his professional certifications for leadership roles in schools in New York State. He then served as an assistant principal and athletic director at Tottenville High School until being selected to serve as an Administrative Superintendent in the role of Executive Assistant to Chancellor Frank Macchiarola continuing to serve in the Chancellor's office for the next two successive Chancellors until returning to the role of principal at John Dewey high school in Brooklyn, Tottenville on Staten Island and finally at Brooklyn Technical High School.

"Coach" Tobin's role as a Cross Country, Track and Field coach at Saint Peters, Port Richmond and Tottenville was legendary as his teams won many major events and developed some great runners, jumpers and throwers. His Tottenville team of 1982 still holds the record for scoring the most points in New York City PSAL outdoor Track and Field championships with over 240 points. For his coaching and leadership in the Track and Field community, John was inducted to the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 where his efforts as a "driving force in the New York Empire State Games and the New York City Big Apple Games" were noted.

After leaving the Board of Education, John became the Director of Apprenticeship Training for Siemens Corporation, North America where he developed apprenticeship training in community colleges around the country. While at Siemens, Mr. Tobin initiated the Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology competitions and formed the Siemens Foundation which named him as its Executive Vice President.

During his career with Siemens, John was recognized as a national expert of American "Tech Prep" and "School to Work" models of education for adolescents training to enter the workforce before entering into a college. He served on many national boards including the National Employers' Leadership Council. After eight years at Siemens John retired and began working together with Project Hospitality, and a consortium of leaders from the Port Richmond and immigrant communities to develop a charter school. This project culminated with the September 2010 opening of New World Prep Charter School on Sharpe Avenue in Port Richmond. This was Staten island's first middle school charter. Mr. Tobin was at the helm of the Board of Trustees from inception until July 1st of this year after which Mr. Tobin became President of the Friends of New World Prep.

A member of many professional organizations, John was active with Staten Island Track, Running and Community (SITRAC)in its early years, where he served as its first president. He was selected as a "non-trustee" member of the Staten Island Catholic Regional strategic planning committee and was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. His passion for education allowed him to serve as Vice President of the PSAL Wingate Memorial Fund for over thirty-five years and as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Gateway to Higher Education program at CUNY's City College for over thirty years as well.

Mr. Tobin is survived by his wife Alice Garand Tobin, his children: Beverly (Rob) Morganbesser, Maureen (Tom) Buneo, Kathleen (Rob) Roesler, Stephanie (Tom) Duffy, Kevin (Kathy) Tobin, Michael Tobin and his stepchildren Mary Alice Rowan and Stephen Rowan, twelve grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. John was pre-deceased by his son John P. Tobin III and his granddaughter Shannon Elizabeth Tobin and his stepson John Garand Rowan, Esq.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New World Preparatory

The Lord’s Prayer Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 15, 2019

  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 15, 2019

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, September 16, 2019


John P. Tobin Jr.

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Zola Mashariki

December 12, 2019

I was 12 when I entered Brooklyn Tech in the fall of 1987, younger than most of my freshman peers, probably too young. My first glimpse of Mr. Tobin was shocking. In a crowd of kids pushing to get into the school that morning, he was was walking with his bullhorn OUT of the school to make sure no one was left loitering or lingering on the streets. Back then, the neighborhood was tougher and kids from other schools came to Tech to cause mayhem. But our principal, Mr. Tobin, walked the perimeter of the school in the morning and after school to make sure we all came and left as we were supposed to. To make sure we knew he was watching and that he cared what happened not only in but outside of those hallways. I’ll keep my memories brief but I know my academic life would not be what it is without his encouragement. When I decided at the last minute to apply to Dartmouth and Harvard, he was delighted and shook my hand and said “of course you should”. I have no idea if he knew who I was or not. But he encouraged me. I’m forever grateful for the environment he created. The class of 1990 Tech experienced true diversity and harmony that I’ve not found anywhere else in the world. We maintain those ties. May he Rest In Peace. And to his family: he represented you well.

Mike Weiner

October 22, 2019

An absolute legend of NYC Track and Field. Always a pleasure to be around.
Has left quite a legacy with the immense impact he had on SI and NYC! One of the great ones for sure! RIP Mr Tobin

Lynette Johnson (Gibbs)

October 7, 2019

Mr. Tobin was my High School Principal (Brooklyn Tech). We were freshmen together because he started there the Fall of 1987 like I did. His smile was warm and his presence was large as he stood in the hallways. I never saw or heard him scream at anyone. I was used to that from principals.

He was a great man with great influence on all those who encountered him.


Susan Palmieri

September 17, 2019

John Tobin was a fellow Staten Islander and one of the “ best” former principals I have ever worked for . He was amazingly fair , extremely intelligent, always encouraging, and always had a great smile . He appointed me COSA and was a great fan of my musical staged productions. He would often encourage me to become an Assistant Principal much to my lack of interest. The greatest honor was when he appointed me Coordinator of the ( a new addition to the many major departments ) Technology and Liberal Arts Major . It became one of the most popular majors of Tech .
I will remember him fondly 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Daniel Delgado

September 16, 2019

Mr. Tobin always had an encouraging word and a smile. A man of wisdom and compassion. He will be missed.

Gary Trout

September 14, 2019

It was a pleasure to work for John Tobin. Always supportive of both students and teachers, he created a positive and nurturing environment atTech. A good man; he will be missed.

Rina Aligaen

September 14, 2019

I remember Mr. Tobin walking with the students from Brooklyn Tech to Dekalb train station after school let out. He always cared about the students and their safety. He was a calming presence and had something nice to say to the students. It was evident that he really cared about the students and his job. He will be missed. RIP Mr. Tobin. Brooklyn Tech was a better school because of you!

Lee McCaskill

September 14, 2019

John was a dear friend, a mentor and an inspirational person. He molded teachers, administrators and students. He shared what was most important, his time. He led by example and did what was right, not what was popular. He often knew what was right for you, even when you didn"t. Working with him was an honor. Being in his presence was a pleasure. The world is a better place because of him. We are better having known him.

Marty McGowan

September 14, 2019

You led by example.
Like so many thousands of students, athletes, parents and friends whose lives you have touched, I'd just like to say thanks for teaching the high school me to believe in myself and to use that energy to help others.
Since high school , not a week goes by without me recalling something positive you said to me . Coach, you helped me then, and you help me now.
Thanks again
Marty McGowan

Salima Khakoo

September 14, 2019

Principal Tobin was the epitomy of a caring educator. He walked the hallways of Brooklyn Tech's 8 floors to greet students while picking up any garbage on the floor to set an example of humble leadership. He invited us to round table meetings to share about our experiences and we used his office to make daily announcements of events at the school. He was open, accessible, and treated students with respect. I am deeply sorry for his loss and wish his family strength and resilience in this sad time.