Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Fortune 500 executive, a TV meteorologist and a principal of
the former Street Academy were among the seven members of the City
School District of Albany Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The newest
inductees were recognized on Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 16-17.
The Hall of Fame was established in 2009 to recognize accomplished
graduates, exceptional district staff people and community people whose
efforts support Albany's 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 newest Hall of Fame members follow. Click on highlighted text to
learn more about each one.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
retired principal of the
former Street Academy, which eventually became Harriet Gibbons High
School – Tillman-DeWitt began taught from 1955-57 at the
former School One and School 6. She left for a period then returned
in 1966 as an elementary teacher; eventually she 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