Fifty years ago, Wally McFall took the helm of Eastin Arcola as its principal. He guided the local K-8 school for 24 years, and during that time left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds, if not the bottoms, of his students.
Known as the caring principal with the paddle, he is still adored by a large number of Eastin Arcola alumni. Those kids, who are now all grown, met at Maya’s Restaurant on Saturday, 25 years after his retirement, to remember with love and respect the man who kept them on the straight and narrow.
The dining room of Maya’s was filled with McFall’s former students from the ’60s and ’70s who gathered around their old principal to greet him and talk excitedly about the “good old days.” Among the group were 29 alumni who admitted to being paddled by McFall and thanked him for it.
“I wish all of the administrators could be like Mr. McFall,” said one admirer. “He was awesome. We are the way we are now because of the way he disciplined us.” ...