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Hall of Fame 2012

Edward Trant

Edward Trant spent 35 years as a teacher, administrator and coach in Albany’s public schools.

 

His history with the district began in 1962 as a summer school teacher at Giffen Memorial Elementary School. He went on to teach at what was then the Academically Talented Program at Hackett Junior High School. He also was a backfield coach in football at Philip Schuyler High School.

 

In 1963, Trant was elected president of the school board of Common School District 13 in the town of Bethlehem. In 1967, he was instrumental in getting land annexed from that district to the Albany school district, one of the largest land acquisitions ever made by the city of Albany.

 

He was appointed during fall 1967 as assistant housemaster of the Albany High School Annex, then a building of 10th-grade students. During the next several years, he expanded the school by adding grades 11 and 12. He also instituted Advanced Placement classes, college-level courses and work-study programs for students during that time.

 

In February 1974, Albany High School and the Albany High Annex moved into what was then the brand-new Albany High School building at 700 Washington Ave. and he became South House headmaster.

 

In 1980 he was appointed principal of Opportunity School 21 and in 1990 became principal of the Street Academy of Albany. Under his leadership, he moved both Street Academy and the Albany High Annex to the former Our Lady of Angels School and changed the name to Harriet Gibbons High School. In his five years as principal, the student graduation rate was 100 percent.

 

He retired in 1995 and went on to run for and be elected to the Albany Board of Education.

 

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