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City School District of Albany Hall of Fame

Milton A. Horne, Sr.

Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1969

Teacher, coach, athlete, civic leader

 

Milton Horne was a four-year starter on Philip Schuyler High School’s basketball team. His talent on the court led to a full scholarship to New Mexico State University, where he was an All-American and played in the NCAA Division I Final Four.

 

And 40 years later, he and his teammates on the winning 1969-70 NMSU team were inducted in the Citizen’s Bank Intercollegiate Athletic Hall of Fame and Horne himself in 2009 became a charter member of the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame.

 

Horne went on to earn a degree in physical education at Centenary College and returned home to Albany to become a beloved coach, teacher and community leader.

 

He taught and coached at the former Street Academy and Harriet Gibbons High School, where he coaxed his Streakers basketball teams to respectable performances despite the fact that some years he barely had enough students to make a team.  Alongside his school teaching and coaching, Horne spent two decades as a Little League coach in Arbor Hill; one of the baseball fields in Krank Park bears his name. His students in the classroom and on the court and field saw him as a great teacher and motivator.

 

Along the way Horne discovered an affinity for building and construction. He eventually operated a construction company that restored and renovate property throughout Arbor Hill. His work included renovating several homes in Arbor Hill and the Little League facility at Krank Park. He also built Robin Day Care Center on Second Street, New Covenant Charter School and helped in the construction of the Public Safety Building on Henry Johnson Boulevard.

 

He died in 2001 at the age of 52. The 2002 Harriet Gibbons yearbook was dedicated to him, and a former student wrote this:

 

“He made people laugh and smile. He was a great guy to be around. Milton gave you good grades and good comments on your report card. But if you gave him a hard time, he would give you a hard time back. But there was no reason to give him a hard time. Milton had many people who cared about him and loved being around him. He helped anyone who needed help.”

 

 

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