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Hall of Fame dinner reservation deadline extended 

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 21, 2012) – The deadline has been extended to Sept. 28 for reservations to the 2012 Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.


The Oct. 12 event now will be held at Crossgates Banquet House, located at Washington Avenue Extension and Rapp Road. The evening begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 if paid by Sept. 28 or $45 at the door. (Click here for a reservation form.)


A United States ambassador, an orthopedic surgeon, Albany High School’s only New York State Miss Basketball recipient and the first African-American woman elected to the Board of Education are among the eight people who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the dinner.


The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 includes:


Richard A. Alfred, M.D.

Albany High School Class of 1973

Orthopedic surgeon, training camp physician for the New York Giants, team physician for Albany High and local colleges


Gene Cretz

Albany High School Class of 1968

Former U.S. ambassador to Libya (December 2008-May 2012); in process of being confirmed as ambassador to Ghana


The late Harriet Gibbons

Teacher and principal at the former Street Academy, which later become Harriet Gibbons High School; first African-American woman elected to the Albany Board of Education


Carolyn Gottstein Gannon

Albany High School Class of 2000

Basketball standout; only Albany High player ever named New York State's Miss Basketball


Shawn Hamlin

Albany High School Class of 1985

Architect and managing partner of Hamlin Design Group; designed Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and was instrumental in district efforts to renovate or rebuild district middle and elementary schools


Don M. Prozik

Former math teacher at William S. Hackett Middle School, assistant principal of Harriet Gibbons High School, principal of Abrookin Career and Technical Center and longtime Albany High soccer coach


Edward R. Trant

Former former English and history teacher at Hackett, housemaster at Albany High, principal at Opportunity School 21, Street Academy and Harriet Gibbons High School; former Albany Board of Education member


Ysanne Williams

Albany High School Class of 1998

Track standout at Albany High and UCLA; educator


The Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to honor accomplished graduates and others in the community who support Albany’s public schools. Those inducted fall into at least one of three categories: alumni who excelled in their careers or through community involvement; administrators, teachers and coaches; and loyal and devoted supporters of the district.


The Oct. 12 induction dinner kicks off a weekend of Albany High homecoming activities. The annual Wall of Fame ceremony at Albany High will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, followed by the Homecoming parade and the 1 p.m. Homecoming football game against Guilderland at Bleecker Stadium. Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime


The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves about 8,600 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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