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