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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.

 

2015 Hall of Famers named

The founders of the Albany Booster Club, a longtime alternative-education teacher and a champion swimmer will join the ranks of those enshrined in the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame this year.

 

The Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize accomplished graduates, exceptional district staff people and community leaders that have supported our 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.

 

The members of the Class of 2015 are:

  • Steve Baum and Ron Dunn, co-founders of the Albany Booster Club – In 2000, Baum and Dunn, then parents of children in the district, created the booster club, which provides financial assistance and support to extracurricular district activities from athletics to the arts. They stayed active in the booster club long after their kids graduated from Albany High School and remain staunch supporters of Albany public schools.

  • The late Ward DeWitt, Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1965 – Co-captain and standout lineman on the Falcon football team; Section II champion heavyweight wrestler in 1965; after graduating from Wesleyan University went on to work in criminal justice; eventually became adviser to Gov. Hugh Carey; former Albany school board member and president. 

  • Wayne Jackson, Albany High School Class of 1965 – Active in student government and clubs at Albany High; Vietnam War veteran who earned a Purple Heart; began working in the state Assembly in 1975 as an intern and became Assembly chamber sergeant-at-arms in 1979, a position he holds to this day.

  • Eileen Connell Kawola, longtime alternative-education teacher – Taught at Street Academy, which eventually became Harriet Gibbons High School, for 27 years; awarded Fulbright fellowships in Costa Rica and Namibia; volunteered for numerous local, national and international organizations, including being a board member on the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital District.

  • Kevin Paulsen, Albany High School Class of 1988 – As a high-school swimmer, took first in the state for four years in the 200-meter freestyle and three years in the 500-meterfreestyle and was twice named outstanding swimmer in state championships; at St. Bonaventure University he broke more than 10 records and his 500-meter record still held when he was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 2010.

Members of the Class of 2015 will be honored at an induction ceremony and dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Italian-American Community Center. The new inductees will be recognized on Sept. 19 at the Wall of Fame unveiling and during halftime of Albany High’s Homecoming football game later that afternoon.

                         

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