Gertrude Rice was hired in 1924 as a fourth-grade teacher and the first female coach at the BH-BL School of Agriculture and Homemaking after graduating from Cortland State. She formed and coached the very first girls basketball team from 1924 until 1939. She taught in the district for 38 years, retiring in 1962.
In 1925, she formed a Monday night recreation class for women of the community. The older women played cards and the younger ones did physical activities such as volleyball, bowling, skiing, and sledding. Miss Rice coached and was the referee for volleyball. Even after retiring in 1960, Miss Rice was active with group, either as a referee or through playing cards with some of the other women. She was the first president of the recreation class, retiring from the position in 1977. This class is still going strong 92 years later.
Gertrude Rice died in October, 1986, at the age of 91.