A Natick High School and Framingham State graduate was elected and installed as commandant of the Department of Massachusetts Marine Corps League last weekend, the highest rank in the league, according to the organization.
Warren Griffin, a Vietnam veteran and retired Boston school teacher, accepted the position Saturday at the 76th annual convention of Marine Corps Veterans held in Boxborough, Mass.
Born in Boston in 1949, Griffin graduated from Natick High School in 1967. After attending Framingham State College for a year, he joined the U.S. Marines in 1968. He and his wife now live in Holliston.
Following graduation from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., and infantry training at Camp Geiger, N.C., Griffin was selected to attend Naval gunfire school at Little Creek in Virginia, and then the Defense Language Institute at Monterey, Calif., to learn Vietnamese. With these skills, he was assigned to the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
In 1970, Griffin returned to Framingham State and in 1973 received a bachelor’s degree in history and government, and in 1976, also earned a master’s degree in guidance and counseling. He was also awarded a graduate certificate in special education from University of Massachusetts Boston in 1992.
Griffin then worked as a night custodian for the Boston School Department, became a teacher in 1973, and served as an assistant principal at the Thompson Middle School in Dorchester and a special education teacher in Hyde Park, retiring in 2006.
He also served a Boston Teacher’s Union building representative and was named representative of the year in 2006.
Since 2007, Griffin served as the league's legislative representative on Beacon Hill.
Prior to his election as deputy commandant, Griffin, a member of Metrowest Detachment 1037, served in all chair positions through commandant as well as all department offices.
The Marine Corps League is a 501-C4 organization, and annually donates to other organizations including the Soldier's Home and VA Hospitals in Massachusetts, and awards scholarships to high school and college students.
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