Mr. Phil Page has been a part of Lincoln Academy for many years now. He grew up in Damariscotta and attended Castner Grammar School. He graduated from Lincoln in 1970 and participated in cross country, basketball and track, which would lead to careers in coaching all three. He went onto the University of Southern Maine, where he majored in Political Science and lettered in track and basketball. Mr. Page’s first teaching job was at Medomak Valley High School beginning in 1977.He recalls that it was an opportune time to coach basketball under coach Art Dyer, whose teams played for three state titles in a four year period. While at Medomak Mr. Page coached freshmen and JV boys’ basketball, and had a rewarding career coaching boys’ track and boys’ and girls’ cross country.
In 1983, he joined the Lincoln Academy community once again, when Arthur Dexter hired him to coach the JV Boys’ Basketball team Two years later, in 1985, he became a Social Studies teacher at LA after assuming the boys’ varsity basketball coaching position in 1984. In 1989 he coached the Eagles to the Class B state title, after they had played for the Western B Championship in 1988. In 1995 he became the school’s Athletic Director, a position he held for eleven years, followed by ten years as Assistant AD. In addition to these roles, he also is a Wellness teacher, part of the Alumni and Development team, Director of the Lincoln Academy Pride Program, a twenty-two year member of the LA Booster Club, and a member of the LA Alumni Council. He is so much a part of the entire LA community that many people call him “Mr. Lincoln Academy.”
Faces of Lincoln Academy: What had surprised you most about LA?
Mr. Page: There have been many changes at LA over the years, but that special feel about LA has not changed amongst his students, faculty and staff. No institution is perfect, but the respect for one another at LA is evident, especially in our Friday Assemblies where students and staff both take part in promoting a positive school climate.
FoLA: What is one thing that you have learned at LA that you will always remember?
Mr. Page: I have learned that schools such as LA do more than just educate students. When teachers, students, parents and community members work together, wonderful things happen. Athletic events, drama and musical productions, and the many other school sponsored activities contribute to a healthy community. Take Lincoln Academy out of the picture, or any school in the LA Community for that matter, and we would soon realize schools do far more than educate our children. We should not take them for granted.
FoLA: How have you changed since you came to LA?
Mr. Page: Being in education in of itself is an ongoing learning experience. I feel lucky to have become a teacher, as I have learned so much and met so many great people along the way. One of my favorite quotes about coaching can be applied to learning: “The first day of coaching is when you realize you don’t know it all. The last day of coaching is when you realize you have a lot to learn.” So I am constantly changing like everyone else.
FoLA: Who are 3 people in the LA community who have influenced you?
Mr. Page: 1. Robert Clifford- A businessman who is representative of all the business leaders in the LA community who have supported LA, other organizations, and those in need. 2. Art Dyer, basketball coach and Athletic Director at Medomak Valley. He was a tremendous coach who paid amazing attention to detail, running an elite basketball program which I tried to emulate the best I could. He opened many doors for me in basketball, track, cross country and athletic administration. 3. My father, Cleveland A. Page. Much of what I have and what I am came through him.
FoLA: Describe yourself in three words.
Mr. Page: Make a Difference. “Everyone can make a difference, and everyone must try” —John F. Kennedy. As a teacher, a coach and an administrator I have tried to make a difference.
FoLA: If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
Mr. Page: The power to instill in every person’s mind that “No one is more important than you, and no one is less important.” This would solve a lot of problems that exist throughout this world.
“Faces of LA” is a Lincoln Academy student journalism project in which student writers profile members of the LA Community: students, faculty, staff, and alumni. These profiles appear on the LA Website and the Lincoln County News with a photo portrait, also taken by student journalists. This profile is by Cagney O’Brien, a senior at Lincoln Academy and a member of the Yearbook and Communications Class.