Cortland High School Alumni Wall of Fame - chswalloffame
2012 Wall of Fame Honorees and Induction Ceremony Announced!
The Cortland Jr.-Sr. High School Wall of Fame Committee is proud to announce the 2012 Wall of Fame inductees. They are: Gertrude Fitzpatrick, '33; John A. Call, '53; and Karol (Mick) Lowie, '72.
Sponsored by the Board of Education, the induction ceremony will be held at 7:00pm on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Cortland Jr. Sr. High School. The event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. We hope you will join us to honor these outstanding alumni.
Welcome to the Cortland High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame website! With support from the Cortland Enlarged City School District Board of Education, the group seeks to honor outstanding alumni of Cortland High School. On this site you'll find the latest information about those who have received this high honor as well the nomination form if you would like to nominate a CHS alum for this distinction!
The Charge of the Wall of Fame Committee
MISSION: It is the mission of the Cortland Jr-Sr High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame Committee to: Recognize and commemorate Cortland High School graduates who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of, but not limited to, education, sports, medicine, business, science/technology, government, civil service, religion, and performing arts. The mission also sets forth goals to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the contributions made by distinguished Cortland High School alumni so that they may serve as role models for the student body and a source of pride for the community at large.
THE NOMINATION PROCESS: The Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame award is the highest honor that can be granted to Cortland High School alumni. To be eligible, nominees must be graduates of Cortland High School who have been out of school for at least 20 years. They must have made outstanding contributions in their field and/or in their community. Nominees may be living or deceased. Nomination forms are available from the CHS Jr. High Principal’s Office, the Board of Education Office, the Cortland Free Library, and on this website. There is no limit on the number of graduates that you may nominate. Completed forms are returned to the Wall of Fame Committee in September c/o Cortland High School. Each nomination is reviewed by all members of the Committee before selection is made. This process is repeated every two years. Successful nominees are honored with a ceremony and reception, and a commemorative clock.
Wall of Fame Committee
The CHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame Committee is a group of CHS graduates who, with support from the Board of Education, volunteer their time to promote recognition of Cortland High School's outstanding alumni. They review all nominations, make selections, and plan induction ceremonies. We are grateful for the hard work and dedication of these people, without whom, these efforts would not be possible.
Kevin Cafararo, CHS Jr. High School Principal
Donna Kinney, Jr. High Secretary
(Ruth) Kay Wood Burns, 1957
Tony Catalano, 1965
Elaine Contento, 1958
Rebecca Gosse, 2005 (Secretary)
Jeff Guido, 1986Helen Graham Hart, 1942Donald Hay, 1966 (Chair)Mick Lowie, 1972Tom Neugebauer, 1991Bailey Reagan, 2008 Linda Contento Schmidt, 1972 (Vice Chair, Webmaster)
Master of Ceremonies:
Former Committee Members:
Marion Natoli Atkinson, 1950
Kate Circio, 1971
Bella Fabrizio, 1936
Debbie Williams Elliott, 1984
Kathy Poole, 1969 (St. Mary's)
Brief History of the Wall of Fame
The Cortland High School Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame first began when John Pilato Sr., then Jr. High Principal at Cortland High School, had the idea to form a committee to honor outstanding CHS alumni. Mike Doughty, then Executive Principal, joined John to lead this committee. In 1999, John & Mike assembled a small group of volunteers, representing several decades of CHS alumni classes, to form the Wall of Fame Committee with administrative assistance from Donna Kinney. In a short period of time, this group created by-laws, advertised their mission, accepted and reviewed nominations, and in December of 2000, they inducted the first class of nine distinguished alumni to the CHS Wall of Fame. Inductions have been made every two years since that time. Succeeding John and Mike as Principal Liaison were Kristie Bliss in 2005 followed by Kevin Cafararo in 2008.
This organization is fully supported by the Cortland Enlarged City School District Board of Education, without whom, the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame could not exist.
CHS Wall of Fame By-Laws
By-Laws Amended 12-17-12.pdf
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Portraits of Honorees
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