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District inducts eight into Hall of Fame Class of 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 12, 2011) – Eight more distinguished people joined the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Among their ranks are a United States ambassador, an orthopedic surgeon and the first African-American woman elected to the Board of Education. All eight were inducted on Oct. 12 as member of the Hall of Fame's Class of 2012.

 

(Pictured at right are, front row from left, Edward Trant; Richard A. Alfred, M.D. and Carolyn Gottstein Gannon; back from from left, Ysanne Williams; Richard Gibbons, son of inductee Harriet Gibbons; and Andy Cretz, brother of inductee Gene Cretz.)

 

The Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor accomplished graduates and others in the community who support Albany’s public schools. Those inducted fall into at least one of three categories: alumni who excelled in their careers or through community involvement; administrators, teachers and coaches; and loyal and devoted supporters of the district.

 

Click on a name below to read more each of these amazing people. You also can click here to see a photo gallery of the Hall of Fame festivities.

 

The Class of 2012 includes:

  • Richard A. Alfred, M.D., Albany High School ’73 – Orthopedic surgeon;  training camp physician for the New York Giants; team physician for Albany High and local colleges.

  • Gene Cretz, Albany High School ’68 – U.S. ambassador to Ghana and former U.S. ambassador to Libya (December 2008-May 2012); longtime career in international diplomacy.

  • The late Harriet Gibbons Teacher and principal at the former Street Academy, which later become Harriet Gibbons High School; first African-American woman elected to the Albany Board of Education.

  • Carolyn Gottstein Gannon, Albany High School ’00 – Basketball standout; only Albany High player ever named New York State's Miss Basketball.

  • Shawn Hamlin, Albany High School ’85 – Architect and managing partner of Hamlin Design Group; designed Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and was instrumental in district efforts to renovate or rebuild district middle and elementary schools.

  • Don M. Prozik – Former math teacher at William S. Hackett Middle School, assistant principal of Harriet Gibbons High School and principal of Abrookin Vocational-Technical Center; longtime Albany High soccer coach.

  • Edward R. Trant – Former English and history teacher at Hackett, housemaster at Albany High, principal at Opportunity School 21, Street Academy and Harriet Gibbons High School; former Albany Board of Education member.

  • Ysanne Williams, Albany High School '98 -- Track standout at Albany High and UCLA; teacher.

Members of the public are invited and encouraged to nominate people to the Hall of Fame. Applications for the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be accepted until Feb. 1; click here to download one.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves approximately 8,400 students in 16 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students.

 

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