About Fred Dolan
Fred Dolan was born in Queens on Feb 9, 1952. A longtime Bronx resident, Dolan started as a special ed instructor focusing on teaching the arts to autistic children. He also served as a crisis intervention teacher and was principle of PS/MS 306 in the Bronx.
Dolan was a major supporter of the arts. During his time at PS/MS 306, he founded and chaired an annual literary arts festival for District 10. It was at this time that he also formed a partnership with the DreamYard Project to create annual theatre productions.
Dolan later served as principle of The Cottle School in Tuckahoe. He past away in 2005.
Neil Waldman said the following about Fred Dolan:
"Fred Dolan was a larger-than-life character. When Fred entered a room, the room seemed to change. His life was like a shooting star, brightening the lives of those he touched. Those fortunate enough to call him friend and colleague were blessed. He was a brilliant educator . . . a principal who took a school in a failing section of the Bronx, and turned it into a sanctuary. And so we have given our academy his name. His spirit continues to be our guiding light."