District inducts six into Hall of Fame Class of 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct.
18, 2013) – Six distinguished people have joined the City
School District Hall of Fame as members of the Class of 2013.
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.
Members of the Class of 2013 are as follows.
Click on each person's
name to read more.
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
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
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.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and
career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community.
The district serves nearly 9,000 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