By Brendan C. Hinkle ’16
Most teachers make it their goal to bring a positive attitude to the classroom, but none do it like Mr. Lane McShane ’82.
Mr. McShane is an English teacher for sophomores and juniors. He is currently finishing his 20th year of teaching at Brophy.
“Ever since I was 14, I’ve been at Brophy and I think I almost live here,” Mr. McShane said.
Most of Mr. McShane’s students know how much he cares about the JFK assassination. He entices his students with detailed explanations of what he thinks happened.
“At first it was kind of annoying/funny, but now I’m interested on how much he knows about it,” said Tyler Hinz ’16.
Mr. McShane isn’t just interested in the JFK assassination. He has other interests and hobbies.
“I play guitar, I run a band club on campus, of course I’m interested in political science, CIA and counter intelligence operations and run a club similar to that,” Mr. McShane said. “I’m also interested in hockey.”
Mr. McShane said he also tries to lead his students by example.
“I like women’s basketball,” Mr. McShane said. “I’m not kidding. I felt some of the boys were sexist about it so I try to lead by example and I’ve watched a lot of WNBA games.”
Mr. McShane is also a big fan of hockey including Brophy hockey.
“It’s mainly childhood brainwashing,” Mr. McShane said. “My grandfather was a profound hockey fan and he had me going to Phoenix Roadrunner games, which is where Wayne Gretzky was first playing, so I got to see him play before NHL. I remember riding in the back of my grandfather’s truck to games. My grandfather was even in a riot with hockey players and the fans when I was a kid and it just locks into you. It’s not the violence that appeals to me, it was just the sport of the neighborhood when I was a kid.”
Mr. McShane is also currently the hockey moderator.
“I think its cool that I have him as a teacher and a hockey moderator,” Hinz said. “I don’t know really what he does, but I know he went on the Manresa retreat with us and gave a pretty good speech.”