The City School District of Albany Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize accomplished
graduates, exceptional district staff people and community people whose
efforts support Albany public schools. Each year, new Hall of Famers are
inducted after being nominated by the public and selected by a committee
of district staff and community members.
Hall of Fame dinner and inductions on Friday
City School District of Albany Hall of Fame will add eight new members, including a former pro basketball player, a national TV
producer and a longtime volunteer athletic coach.
Members of the Class of 2014 will be inducted at a reception, dinner and
ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. at the Italian-American Community Center
on Washington Avenue Extension.
Tickets will be $50 at the door on the night of the event.
The following people will be inducted. Click on the highlighted text to
read more about each.
Luther “Ticky” Burden,
Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1972 (pictured at
right during his playing days with the ABA's Virginia Squires)
– High school basketball standout who went on to become an
All-American at the University of Utah, and later played in the ABA and
in the NBA with the New York Knicks; longtime youth
mentor and basketball coach in his home of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Tanya Hansen, Albany High
School Class of 1988 – First member of the Albany High School
girls’ basketball team to reach 1,000 points in her career; went on
to play at Rutgers University from 1988-92, earning All-American
Laura Hotaling, Albany High
School Class of 2002 – As a senior, was state champion in the
50-yard freestyle and second-place state finisher in 100-yard
freestyle; was named state Most Valuable Swimmer, which qualified
her or a spot in the U.S. Olympic trials.
Raymond Leigh, Albany High
School Class of 1970 – Longtime volunteer coach on Albany High
JV and varsity football teams and longtime booster of Albany High
athletics; played football and ran track at Albany High.
Paul Lyons – Former Albany
High School boys’ basketball coach; in his 31-year career that
began in 1971, he led Albany
High to 515 wins, including eight
Section II titles and two regional titles; 2006 inductee into the
New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
Temeko Richardson, Albany
High School Class of 1989 – CEO of two consulting businesses on
the east and west coasts; author and motivational speaker; marathon
Mike Sgambelluri, Albany
High School Class of 1968 – Physical education teacher at
several district schools and assistant director of health and
physical education; principal of the former P.S. 26 and assistant
principal at the former Harriet
Gibbons High School.
Ashley Velie, Albany High
School Class of 1986 – Producer, CBS Evening News; four-time
nominee for the 2013 News and Documentary Emmy Awards; also has
produced segments for “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.”
Friday night's induction dinner kicks off Hall
of Fame and Homecoming Weekend. On Saturday, Oct. 11, the eight members
of the Class of 2014 will be enshrined on the Wall of Fame at Albany
High in an 11 a.m. ceremony, and introduced during halftime of Albany
High's 2014 Homecoming game against Shenendehowa, which begins at 1 p.m.
at Bleecker Stadium. The annual Homecoming Parade, featuring the Albany
Marching Falcons, will begin at noon from Albany High's Washington
Avenue parking lot.
Hall of Fame Class of 2015 nominations
All are welcome and invited to nominate people to the
City School District of Albany
Hall of Fame throughout the year, and nominations for the Class of 2015
will be accepted through Feb. 1.
Click on the highlighted text for more
information about the nomination
process or to download a
nomination form. Please return completed forms to:
City School District of Albany Hall of
c/o Kathy Ryan
Albany High School
700 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12203
If you have questions,
You can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by
following these links: