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2020 Hall of Fame Honoree: Billy Keenan '99

Billy Keenan head shotBilly Keenan is a member of the Class of 1999. Billy is the proud father of two boys, Patrick and Kieran. He is an educator, entertainer, veteran, and inspiration to all he encounters through his life. As a history teacher at North Rockland High School, Billy has inspired so many through his passion for teaching.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Rockland County, with roots in County of Leitrim in Ireland, Billy attended Albertus Magnus High School and received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University. After college, he served our country as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

After his service and spending many years in corporate America, Billy realized he needed to find his life’s purpose. He spent a year soul searching, traveling, and playing Irish music in Ireland. This journey led him to the realization that he wanted to become an educator. Once home, Billy enrolled at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he received his Masters in Education. 

On September 14th, 2013, everything suddenly changed. Billy, a physical fitness buff, attended the Jersey Shore Irish Festival in Sea Girt and decided to take to the ocean with his surfboard. He was catastrophically injured in a surfing accident on the Jersey Shore. The accident severed his spinal cord and left him unable to use his hands or legs. Billy Keenan is an activist for spinal cord injuries, and continues to be an inspirational speaker.