District inducts six into Hall of Fame 2013
distinguished people have joined the
City School District of Albany Hall of Fame.
Among their ranks are a
six-time All-American hurdler, a beloved principal and the namesake of
Abrookin Career and Technical Center.
All were inducted Oct. 18 as members of the Hall of Fame’s Class
Pictured at right are
three members of the Class of 2013: Ellakisha S. Williamson O'Kelley
(Albany High '93, front left), Rudy Vido (Albany High '70, back left)
and Judith A. Greenwood (Albany High '58, back second from left).
Inductees Emanuel "Manny" Abrookin (Schuyler High '40), Joseph Robelotto
(Albany High '31) and Brookert "June" Willingham (Albany High '57) were
represented by family members.
The 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.
Members of the Class of 2013 are as follows.
Emanuel “Manny” Abrookin,
Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1940 – Longtime school board
member for whom Abrookin Career and Technical Center is named;
driving force behind career and technical education in Albany public
Click on each person's
name to read more.
Judith A. Greenwood,
Albany High School Class of 1958 – Returned to her alma mater to
teach Latin for many years; built and sustained
the high school’s Latin
program and Latin Club.
Ellakisha S. O'Kelley,
Albany High School Class of 1993 – Six-time all-American hurdler
while at the University of South Carolina; set the Section II record
in 100-meter hurdles while at Albany High and still holds the school
record in the 400 intermediate hurdles.
Albany High School Class of 1931 – Former physical education teacher
at the then-Hackett Junior High School,
Albany High School football coach, principal at Public School 1,
Public School 15 and Giffen Memorial Elementary School.
Albany High School Class of 1970 – Football, wrestling, and track
and field standout at Albany High School; went on to sign with the
NFL’s New England Patriots and the Canadian Football League’s
Brookert “June” Willingham,
Albany High School Class of 1957 – Led Albany High’s varsity
basketball team to states in 1957; helped found the former St.
Joseph’s Recreation Program in Arbor Hill and volunteered as a coach
All are welcome and invited to nominate people to the Hall of Fame
throughout the year. See below for more information and nomination forms.
for the Class of 2014
All are welcome and invited to nominate people to the
Hall of Fame throughout the year, and applications for the Class of 2014
will be accepted through Saturday, 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 also can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by
following these links: