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Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Seven members of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 -- four seated and three standing behind them.An assistant U.S. attorney, the first African-American registered independent lobbyist in the state and one of Albany High School’s most accomplished basketball standouts are among the six people who joined the City School District of Albany Hall of Fame in September.

 

Inductions into the Hall of Fame were held as part of Albany High’s Homecoming festivities Sept. 21-22. The induction dinner was Sept. 21 at the Italian-American Community Center on Washington Avenue Extension.

 

The members of the Class of 2018 are:

 

Gertrude “Betsy” Jackson-Peace, Albany High Class of 1980 (front row left). A sprinter and middle-distance standout at Albany High, Jackson-Peace earned a track scholarship to Howard University. She began coaching track with at-risk youth during college. After she graduated with honors from Howard, she began working as a physical therapist and continued coaching track for young people in Washington, D.C. She still does both today.

 

Elander Lewis, Albany High Class of ’86 (front row, second from right). Lewis was the leader of one of the finest basketball teams in the history of Albany High – the “High Slamma Jamma” teams of the mid-1980s. He averaged better than 22 points per game for the Falcons’ 1986 Section II championship team, one of the best in school history. Lewis was among the top national recruits as a high school senior and went on to play at St. John’s University in the heyday of the Big East and later at Virginia Commonwealth.

 

The late Henry Linnett, Albany High Class of ’36; physical education teacher, three-sport coach and lifelong fitness advocate. During nearly three decades teaching in the district, Linnett was a football coach at the former Philip Schuyler High School, a basketball coach at William S. Hackett Junior High School (now Hackett Middle School) and a tennis coach at Albany High School. After his 1991 retirement, he remained active in the area’s tennis and health club scenes until his 2015 death.

 

Joseph Markham, Teacher and longtime administrator (back row left). Markham began teaching science at Giffen Memorial Elementary School in 1962. He spent most of his 30-plus years in the school district as the director of child accounting and guidance, where he oversaw school guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists along with other student support services. He also worked directly with local and state officials to better serve students with isabilities, homeless students and vulnerable families. He retired in 1993.

 

Marc H. Silverman, Albany High Class of ’99 (front row right). Valedictorian of his Albany High class, Silverman went on to graduate summa cum laude from Yale University in 2003 and Yale Law School in 2006. After two prestigious clerkships under federal judges, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut in 2010 as an assistant attorney. He also became deputy chief of the office’s appeals unit in 2014. 

 

L. Lloyd Stewart, Albany High School Class of ’68 (front row, second from left). An exceptional student-athlete while at Albany High, Stewart earned national recognition as a high school All-American in football. He went on to study at Columbia University and the University at Albany. In 1984, he founded Stewart Associates, a lobbying and consulting firm, and was identified as New York’s first registered independent African-American lobbyist. A prolific writer, he the is author of two history books and dozens of articles that have appeared in newspapers and scholarly journals.

  

The district established the Hall of Fame 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.

 

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The district established the Hall of Fame 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.

 

You can read about previous Hall of Fame classes by following these links:

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