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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 of 2013.

 

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.

  • The late 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 schools.

  • 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.

  • The late Joseph Robelotto, 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.

  • Rudy Vido, 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 Toronto Argonauts.

  • The late 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 there.

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 School.

 

 

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