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.”