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City School District of Albany Hall of Fame

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

On Friday,the 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 status.

  • 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 LyonsFormer 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 runner.

  • 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 welcome

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 Fame Committee

c/o Kathy Ryan

Albany High School

700 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12203


If you have questions, e-mail


You can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by following these links:

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