Susan Brooks Eldridge
Class of 1978
Whether is was on the field, on the court, or on the track, Susan Brooks Eldridge, CCHS class of '78, had a major impact on the opposing team. This outstanding athlete was awarded ten varsity letters out of the twelve possible for any CCHS student to receive. Captain of three sports her senior year, she was also the recipient of six other athletic awards. Along with her many athletic accomplishments, Brooks Eldridge was a member of the National Honor Society, the yearbook staff, and the school newspaper.
Brooks Eldridge began her sports career at CCHS with soccer; she earned the "most improved" award in her junior year and went on to become a 1st Team DCL All-Star and 1st Team State All-Scholastic (Boston Globe) as a senior. Her coach, Dave Castelline, described her leadership throughout the season as "superb."
One of Brooks Eldridge's fondest memories of her basketball seasons is that of executing alley-oop plays with teammate Lisa Wilcott in game after game. At 5'10", she played center and greatly contributed to the success of the team. Susan was named Minuteman Publications 1st Team All-Star during her senior year. She also helped her team win two DCL titles, 15-0 her junior year and 11-1 as a senior.
Brooks Eldridge was a four year varsity member of the track team, winning league championships her sophomore, junior and senior years. As a sophomore she received the trophy as "Best Sprinter", setting CCHS records in 80 yard hurdles and high jump (5'4"). Named as the "Outstanding Performer" her junior year she qualified for the Mass. State Invitational Meet in 80 yard hurdles (finals) and the high jump. Susan won silver medals in the high jump and 80 yard hurdles and a bronze in the 500 yard run in the Mass. State Bicentennial Open Track Meet.
After completing her years at CCHS, Brooks Eldridge went on to Dartmouth College where he majored in Biology. She played basketball her freshman year but was forced to give it up because of knee injuries; in spite of this, she was named Ivy Athlete of the Week. Without basketball, Brooks Eldridge turned to track, and there, in her senior year, she was named All-Ivy for a high jump of 5'2" during the Women's Ivy League Indoor Track Championship.
Season after season, whenever one looked up into the stands, one was sure to see Susan's parents. "They were there on the sidelines for every basket, every rebound, every race, every moment." says Brooks Eldridge.
Susan Brooks Eldridge currently resides in Bedford, New Hampshire with her husband, Stephen, and their four and one half year old son, Justin. She is the president of Eldridge Investment Advisors in Manchester, New Hampshire. Though sports have been limited since the birth of her son, Susan remains active by playing tennis on a regular basis.