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City School District of Albany Hall of Fame

The City School District of Albany will recognize the members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 during Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 16-17.

 

Activities will include the annual Induction Dinner on Friday, Sept. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension in Albany. Tickets to the dinner are $45 and reservations are due by Thursday, Sept. 1. Click here to download the reservation form. Please return it with a check payable to the Albany Fund for Education to: Kathy Ryan, City School District of Albany Athletics Office, 700 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12203.

 

After Sept. 1, tickets to the dinner will be available at the door for $55 each.

 

Please call the Athletics Office with any questions at 475-6310.

 

The new inductees also will be recognized Saturday, Sept. 17 with the Wall of Fame ceremony at Albany High School at 11 a.m., followed by the Homecoming parade at noon and the first-ever on-campus Homecoming football game. Kickoff against Guilderland is 1:30 p.m. on Albany High's new athletic field. The members of the Class of 2016 will be saluted at halftime.

                            

2016 Hall of Famers named

This year’s inductees are:

 

The late Robert Brown, Albany High School Class of 1966 – Brown earned a football scholarship to Rutgers University and went on to earn both a bachelor’s and a law degree there. An accomplished lawyer and politician, he served as counsel to the government committee that recommended the impeachment of Richard Nixon. He was the first African-American mayor of Orange, N.J., and also served in the New Jersey State Legislature until the time of his death in 2009. 

 

Fred Daniels, Albany High School Class of 1977 – Daniels played varsity basketball all four years at Albany High, leading the team in assists, steals and triple-doubles. He made local and state all-star teams as a sophomore, junior and senior before going on to play at Siena College. After graduating from Siena, he became a successful business executive at several Fortune 500 companies. Daniels currently is vice president of supply chain operations for the Ralph Lauren Corp.

 

Jason Gough, Albany High School Class of 1988 – As an on-camera meteorologist for WNYT/Channel 13, Gough’s face is familiar to anyone who watches television or cares about the weather. Gough also donates his time to several charities and causes including the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York and the American Cancer Society. Gough also has volunteered his time as the host of the district’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies since the hall was created in 2009.

 

The late Norman McConney Jr., Albany High School Class of 1965 – McConney was the longtime chief of staff for Assemblyman Arthur Eve of Buffalo, who was deputy speaker of the New York State Assembly. McConney was the driving force behind creation of SUNY’s Educational Opportunities Program, or EOP, and the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. Throughout his career he was a staunch advocate of programs to benefit disadvantaged students. He died this year on New Year’s Day at age 69.

 

Bernie Mulligan, longtime Albany booster – Mulligan was a founding member of both Citizens of Albany for Responsible Education (CARE) and People Advocating for Small Schools (PASS). As a leader in PASS, Mulligan played a critical role in helping pass three bond votes in Albany that led to the rebuilding or renovation of elementary and middle schools in the City School District of Albany. He also was a longtime member of the board of the Albany Fund for Education and continues to be a passionate supporter of Albany High athletics.

 

Frank Owens, Philip Schuyler High School Class of 1967 – Owens lettered in three sports at Schuyler and was an All-Albany first-team quarterback in 1967. He went on to play semi-pro football with the Albany Wolverines and the Metro Mallers. He also was a physical education teacher at Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Albany High School and coached basketball and football. Eventually he was appointed director of health and physical education for the school district.

 

Lillian Tillman-DeWitt, retired principal of the former Street Academy, which eventually became Harriet Gibbons High School – Tillman-DeWitt began teaching fourth grade at the former School 6 in 1966 and became a resource-room teacher at Arbor Hill Elementary School in 1973. She was appointed principal of the former Street Academy in 1979 and was its principal until her 1991 retirement.

 

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.

 

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

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