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