Athlete Bio

Field Hockey
9, 10, 11, 12


9, 10, 11, 12


9, 10, 11, 12


Jackie Palmer

Class of 1962

Complementing her natural athletic ability with mental toughness, Jackie was a four year starter in her three sports, and well known around town as a formidable competitor. She appreciated the support of her mother, who drove her teams to games, and her coach, Mim Clark, for her efforts in opening doors for women in athletics.

A great competitor herself, Miss Clark once removed Jackie from her offensive forward position with one minute left in a close field hockey game with Lincoln Sudbury. With L-S preparing to execute a crucial penalty corner play, Jackie was told to "run in there and play fullback. I don't care what you do Jackie, or how you do it, but stop the shot on goal!" She did and CCHS won the game by a point.

One of Jackie's proudest moments came when she was presented with an athletic scholarship to the University of Bridgeport at her CCHS graduation. She went on to captain the field hockey and basketball teams there, coach both sports, and was later named to the Bridgeport Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jackie now lives in Acton and is the Director of Health Management, Sports and Athletics at Mount Ida College. She holds a Masters degree and a Doctors degree from the University of North Carolina and Springfield College.