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
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:
Albany High School '98 -- Track
standout at Albany High and UCLA; teacher.
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
Albany High School ’68
– U.S. ambassador to Ghana and former U.S. ambassador
(December 2008-May 2012); longtime
career in international diplomacy.
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
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
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.
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
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