ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct.
14, 2011) – The
City School District of Albany Hall of Fame grew by eight
individuals in 2011.
A former Olympian, a renowned political cartoonist and a
mechanical engineer who worked on NASA projects were among the
distinguished people inducted into the hall at an Oct. 13
ceremony and dinner at the Polish Community Center.
They were honored again on Oct. 14 when their names were unveiled on the
district Wall of Fame at Albany High School and they were recognized
during halftime at the annual homecoming football game in Bleecker
Pictured in the photo above are, front row, from
left: Chuck Miller, Jennifer Tanzman, Sal Villa, Don Gisotti (nephew of
the late Dick Cassiano). Back row, from left, Tracy Baskin, Dr. Benjamin
Rosen (son of the late Hy Rosen) and Greg Sokaris (son of the late Alex
Click on a name below to read more each of these
amazing people. You also can
click here to see a photo gallery of the Hall of Fame festivities.
Tracy Baskin, Albany High School ‘83
, track star and former Olympian
pro football player, Brooklyn Dodgers
Albany High School ‘59
founder, chairman and CEO, Trans
Street Academy of Albany ‘81
freelance writer and
Philip Schuyler High School ‘40
Albany High School ‘58
Albany High teacher, coach and
Albany High School ‘96
Albany High School ‘65
deputy commissioner, Albany
Department of Youth and Workforce Services
Hall members also are selected in two additional categories:
administrators, coaches and teachers who demonstrated
exceptional leadership, character and achievement during their
careers; and contributors who have been loyal and devoted
supporters of the district.
to see the members of the inaugural Class of 2009.
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 approximately 8,400 students in 16
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.