Inductees - 2016

Sadiq Ali 1972
Basketball
Sadiq Ali, class of 1972, was known as an outstanding rebounder on solid Hartford Public basketball teams. 

In 1972, Sadiq was the starting center for the Owls; a team that went 21-2.  At 6-2, he was always undersized but was usually a leader in the game.  He earned All-City and All-Conference honors.     

Sadiq went on to the University of Hartford and had a very successful career there.
He played center for the University of Hartford Hawks from 1972-76 and played on three Division II NCAA Tournament teams. He scored 1,023 points and pulled down 651 rebounds, becoming one of a handful of players to exceed 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career at the school.  He led the team in rebounding as a senior (10.4 rpg) and was second in scoring (13.9 ppg).  Sadiq was also a team co-captain as a senior.

Sadiq Ali was inducted into the University of Hartford Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. 

In 1995, Sadiq founded the Benjamin E. Mays Institute, a 7th and 8th grade all male academy within the Hartford Public School system. At present he is a board member for the Richmond Urban Collective and also Greater Opportunity II organizations.    

In July of 2015, Sadiq published a book called “Benjamin E. Mays Institute: Educating Young Black Males.” 

He founded and co-coordinated the “Black Male Education Summit”. It was held February 27, 2016 at Virginia State University. 

Sadiq has received many accolades for his work in educating and mentoring black youth.

Sadiq resides in Richmond, Va. 
 Mike Blue 1960
Track and Football
Mike Blue, class of 1960, was a star sprinter in a long line of champion sprinters at Hartford Public.

In 1958, he won the 440 yard dash in outdoor track.  In 1959 and 1960, he was the CIAC champion in the 300 yard dash and also became state record holder in that event. In 1960, he became the state champion in the 100 yard dash in the CIAC state meet. 

In 1960 he competed in the National Indoor Interscholastic Track and Field meet at Madison Square Garden, finishing sixth in the 60 yard dash. 

Mike attended Fayetteville State University after graduating from HPHS.  

He had an eighteen year career as a Hartford Firefighter.  He was a volunteer coach for the girl’s double dutch program in the town of Bloomfield for 22 years.  They won national championships in 1988 and 1992. 

Mike Blue resides in Bloomfield. 
Jamie Bryant 2003
Football and Basketball
Jamie Bryant, class of 2003, was a star football and basketball player at Hartford Public. 

In football, he started at QB for three years. As a   junior he led the Owls to a 6-3-1 mark and a share of the City Title. He scored 27 touchdowns that season.  

As a senior, the Owls went 8-3 winning the CCC East Conference crown.  Jamie scored 31 touchdowns and rushed for 1,898 yards.  He was named first team Class LL All-State QB by the New Haven Register, as well as first team All-State quarterback by the Hartford Courant.

His 58 touchdowns for two seasons is a remarkable total and is a school record. 

He was the starting guard on the basketball team for two years. He was a pesky defender who could also attack the basket.  He captained the team his senior year.  The team went 17-6 and tied for the City and Conference Championships. 

Jamie attended Suffield Academy Prep School, Springfield College, and Daniel Webster College. He was All-Conference in basketball at Daniel Webster.

Jamie is a successful football player for the Connecticut Panthers Semi Pro flag football team. The team won national championships in 2014 and 2015. 

The “Rocket” now works in the health care field.  He has been a volunteer coach in Hartford’s Pop Warner football league for five years.  
Pat Burke 1961
Basketball
Pat Burke, class of 1961, was a star basketball player in the Golden Years of HPHS basketball.   

He was a starter on the 1961 team that won the first official basketball title in school history. That team won the New England Championship. They defeated Wilbur Cross of New Haven 68-62 at the Boston Garden before 8,837 fans.  In that game, Pat helped neutralize Cross’s big front line with 14 points and 8 rebounds. He contained Dave Hicks, who later starred with the Harlem Globetrotters and that was a key to the victory. The team finished 22-3 and won the city and conference titles as well. That team included future Hall of Famers Eddie Griffin, Stan Poole, and Lenny Kostek. 

Pat then went to Fairfield University and earned a scholarship after scoring 40 points in his first freshman game. Pat had an outstanding career where he still remains the 5th leading scorer with an 18.4 career average. He was co-captain of arguably the best Fairfield team ever in 1966.  He was Mr. Clutch in defeating Georgetown and Boston College. His teammate was HPHS Hall of Famer Billy Jones.

Pat Burke died in 1966 in a tragic accident.  

Each year since 1966, Fairfield University awards the “Patrick Burke” award to the basketball player that demonstrates the most determination and hustle.  

Pat was inducted into the Fairfield University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.
Marcus Camby 1993
Basketball
 
Marcus Camby, class of 1993, starred on one of the state’s most powerful hoop teams and is one of the best players ever to come out of the state of Connecticut. 
           
Marcus led the 1992-93 HPHS team that went 27-0 while winning the Class LL State Title and being voted number one in the final state polls. The team had only one game where they won by less than 10 points. In addition to the state championship, the team won the City and CCC East titles.  Camby averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds, 8 blocks, and 8 assists per game.  He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Connecticut and was 4th team Parade All-American.      

Marcus then headed to UMASS where he played three seasons.   In his junior year UMASS was number one heading into the NCAA tournament. Marcus led them to the Final Four.  He set NCAA tourney records for blocked shots with 43 in 11 career games.  He was the unanimous College Player of the Year winning multiple awards including the John Wooden and James Naismith awards in 1996.   He was selected to the Atlantic 10 first team three years in a row. 

Then it was off to the NBA. He was picked 2nd overall in the 1996 draft. In a 17 year career Marcus played in 973 games.  He averaged nearly 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in his career.  He scored nearly 10,000 points and grabbed close to 10,000 rebounds.  He was named to the NBA All-Rookie team in 1997. He was also named to the NBA all defensive teams multiple times.  He led the league in blocked shots four times. 

In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the Top Fifty athletes from each state for the 20th Century.  Marcus Camby was 21st on that illustrious list.

Marcus started the Cambyland Foundation in 1996, partnering with school and community organizations to provide opportunities for young people.  He also founded “Marcus” mentors, a mentoring program that offers college scholarships to high school students who mentor elementary school students.  He also started the ‘Cambyland Turkey Tour’ providing Thanksgiving Meals to families less fortunate, and the ‘Cambyland Christmas’; an annual event encouraging the spirit of giving to others. 
 
Frank L. Deloreto
Lifetime Achievement Award
  
Frank L. Deloreto was a long time counselor and administrator for the Hartford Public Schools.  In his distinguished career he touched many students and faculty members in a positive way.  In his time at Hartford Public, one of his greatest strengths and contributions was his friendship and support of HPHS athletics.  His office was where you would go to discuss the latest news and results about the athletic teams.  His office was also where you would go if you were having issues and needed some positive input and direction. Mr. Deloreto always delivered for his students and athletes.   

A 1960 graduate of Bulkeley High, Mr. D played baseball for four years for their legendary coach, Babe Allen.  In a student’s visit with Mr. D, he or she would get a few “Babe” stories as well as getting the much needed guidance that you were looking for. 

After graduating from Central Connecticut, Frank began his teaching career at M.D. Fox in 1964.  He moved to HPHS in 1969, initially at the Annex on Washington Street. He eventually moved to the main building on Forest Street in 1975 and was a guidance counselor through 1990, serving the last four years as Guidance Director.  Frank also served as Vice Principal at HPHS through 1994.   He later became the Director of Adult Education for the City of Hartford from 1994 and served in that capacity until the year 2000.   

Frank L. Deloreto passed away in 2002. 
 
Juanito Dominguez 1990
Swimming and Cross Country
 
Juanito Dominguez, class of 1990, was a star swimmer at Hartford Public, Southern Connecticut, and a longtime coach at Bulkeley High School. 

Juanito was a four year letter winner in swimming and team captain in 1990.   Below are some of his accomplishments while at HPHS!
All conference champion in the 100 backstroke, 1988, 89, 1990
Conference champion in the 200 individual medley 1989, 1990
Conference Champion in 200 Medley relay 1990
State Finalist in the 200 medley relay & 400 freestyle relay 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990
State Finalist in the 100 backstroke 1988, 1989, 1990
School record holder in the 100 back, 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay & 400 freestyle relay
After HPHS, Juanito went to Southern Connecticut State College where he swam for four years. He was elected team captain in 1995. 

Juanito started his teaching career in 1995 and has been a strong influence among Hartford’s youth ever since.  He has taught Physical Education for twenty one years for the City of Hartford. He started his career in the elementary school, and later moved to Bulkeley and HPHS. He has coached swimming & diving for twenty one years: ten years at HPHS & eleven at Bulkeley High School.
While teaching at BHS, he was named Teacher of the Year at that school in 2004 & 2012.  He was named CT State Diving Coach of the year in 2015-2016. 
His Bulkeley swimming & diving teams have won numerous awards from the CT Swimming & Diving Officials Association. This prestigious award is presented every year to a team who most exemplifies team work, good sportsmanship, character, and leadership.
He has coached three All State divers from Bulkeley & HPHS.
He has also coached girls soccer & girls softball at HPHS
He is in his eleventh year as coach of the boys & girls track teams at Bulkeley.
He has coached Hartford’s youth in the city working for the Parks and Recreation Department and as the head lifeguard.    

Juanito lives in West Hartford. 

Francis Furey 1936
Track and Cross Country
  
Francis Furey, class of 1936, was one of the first great long distance runners in Hartford Public history.     

He ran cross country, indoor, and outdoor track.

In the 1936 prestigious Triangular Meet he won the mile and half mile events.  It was a rare achievement. 

After high school he attended Manhattan College and was a star distance runner there. He was elected secretary of the 1940 class. 

In 1942, HPHS legendary HOF coach, Larry Amann, rated Francis Furey the second best track athlete he had ever coached.  Amann had been coaching eighteen years at that point in time.   

Also in 1942 he joined the United States Air Force.  He served overseas for 23 months during World War II. He was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He attained the rank of Major. 

Francis Furey died in 1952.
 
​Jackie Gallagher 1951
Baseball
 
Jackie Gallagher, class of 1951, was a star baseball player on strong Hartford Public teams. 

The 1949-51 teams went 25-12 under HOF Coach Bill Loika. Those teams won three city, district, and triangular league titles.  Jackie Gallagher was the winning pitcher in fifteen of those games

In 1950, he went 8-1 and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Hartford area by the Old Timers Club. 

In 1951, as captain, he led the Owls to a 9-3 record and was 6-1 as a pitcher.  He finished his career with a pitching record of 15 wins and 3 defeats, one of the best records for a pitcher in school history.

After high school, Jackie went to Trinity College, on a scholarship and continued his baseball career. He graduated in 1955. 

He attained a Masters Degree in Chemistry at the University of Maine in 1957.

While working for Thoikol Chemical in New Jersey, he identified a number of U.S. Patents related to his work with the discovery chemical compounds.

Jackie Gallagher passed in 2014.  
 
Alexander Guild 1957
Lifetime Achievement
 
Alexander Guild, raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, emigrated to the United States in 1951. He attended Harford Public and was a 1957 graduate.  His soccer career was just beginning.  Hartford Public at the time did not have a soccer team. 

Alexander then attended Trinity College where he played on the soccer team.  He led the freshman team at Trinity to an undefeated season in 1957.  He scored 66 goals and had 52 assists in his 3 varsity seasons. He earned All-New England and All-American honors in his three varsity seasons.   

He was one of the thirteen players selected for the US Olympic team in 1960 that competed in the Olympic trials in Los Angeles.  He also represented the United States in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico in 1960.

Alexander played in the Connecticut Soccer League (1955-1970) as a member of Scandia (Swedes), Heublein, Balnea and New Britain Falcons.  He was chosen numerous times for the Connecticut All-Stars team.  He coached youth soccer teams in Glastonbury, Rocky Hill, Newington and Berlin.  In the l980’s Alex was also a high school referee. 

Chosen one of the 100 Greatest Connecticut Athletes of the 20th century by the Hartford Courant "Best of the Century" December 5, 1999.

Alexander Guild was inducted into the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame in 2001 and the New England Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. 
 
​James Gustafson 1956
Football
James Gustafson, class of 1956, was a star two way player on some strong HPHS football teams.  He earned his place in Hartford Public High School history on the football field by his dominating offensive and defensive performances.    

In 1955, he was named first team, Class A All-State running back by the New Haven Register. The Hartford Courant named Jim to both its All-District Offense and Defensive teams that year. 

Jim saved his best for local city rivals, amassing 225 yards on 22 carries against Bulkeley High in a snowstorm, and 161 yards and two touchdowns against Weaver High in the 1955 Thanksgiving Day Classic, an Owl win.  Jim averaged 7.5 yards per carry for his career with the Owls.  As Coach Ralph Worth aptly put it, “He’s the type that pushes. If there isn’t a hole in the line, he’ll open one.”      

Jim joined the Navy after HPHS, serving from 1956 to 1960.  He then joined the West Hartford Police Department where he served for 42 years, retiring at the rank of Captain in 2002.   While working full time, coaching youth sports, and raising six children, Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.  For over three decades, Jim coached local youth sports because he believed in imparting the values of discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship he had learned from his time competing at Hartford Public.    

James Gustafson passed away in November of 2012. 
 
Vicente Ithier 1980
Basketball
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Vicente “Vinnie” Ithier, class of 1980, was a late bloomer who had a very successful basketball career.  As a senior in high school, he averaged double figures in points and rebounds as a 6’2” center.  His 1980 Hartford Public Owl team got off to a slow start, but eventually made a run in the state tournament, losing in the Class LL semi-finals to Greenwich.  Although this was the only season that Vinnie played in high school, he still received All-Conference honors.

Vinnie continued his career at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He joined the Huskies as a walk on and played for two years (1982-1984).  He won the Most Improved Player Award after his first season and eventually earned a scholarship the following year (1983-1984).  He had the privilege to play with the UCONN Huskies at the advent of the Big East Conference under coach Dom Perno.     

Vinnie played in the Puerto Rican professional league (Baloncesto Superior Nacional) for his father’s hometown, “Tainos de Mayaguez”, for seven seasons.  On three different occasions, he led the league in assists and made the All-Star team, winning the MVP award at the 1990 All-Star game.  He represented Puerto Rico in multiple, international competitions in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Brazil.

In 1988, Vinnie was an Olympian at the Seoul, Korea Olympics playing for the Puerto Rican National team which finished seventh in that year’s games. 

Vinnie is currently the Assistant Director of Program Management with Imagineers, LLC. He resides in Newington, CT with his wife of 28 years, Jackeline, and has three children, Yasmin, Vicente Jr. and Andres. 
 
 
​Richard Roback 1949
Swimming
 
Richard Roback, class of 1949, was a great swimmer at a time when Hartford Public was a power house in boys swimming and dominating the state in that sport. 

In 1949, HPHS was completing a run of fifteen state championships in a row. 

Richard was a varsity swimmer for three years.  His very successful high school swimming career was highlighted by a second in the 40 yard sprint and a first place finish in the 100 yard race that helped pace the Owl swimmers to victory over then undefeated Crosby High and win its 15th straight state championship. 

Richard worked from 1948 to 1952 for the Hartford Parks and Recreation and Trinity College as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor.

He continued his swimming career at Trinity College, swimming on their varsity team for three years.  He graduated in 1953 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. 

Richard continued his higher education, at UCONN, in 1964 earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer. In 1988 at Rensselaer (RPI), he earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, Turbo Machinery, and Fluid Dynamics. 

Richard worked for the United Technologies Research Center for thirty seven years, retiring in 1992 as a Senior Research Engineer. 

He resides in Manchester and joins his brother Fred, induction class of 2010, in the Hartford Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame. 
 
Donald Root 1928
Track and Football
 
Donald Root, class of 1928, was one of the first great HPHS track stars, and was the first captain under legendary Hall of Fame coach Larry Amann.  He also was a star halfback on the football team.     

As a football player he make the prestigious All-City team in 1927. His HPHS team went 6-0-1 and later claimed the State Championship of Connecticut. Donald was a great runner and scored touchdowns in nearly every game. 

As a track star he was the only multiple event winner. He won the 100 yard dash and the broad jump, leading the Owls to victory and a Claim to the mythical State Championship in the Triangular Meet between HPHS, Hillhouse and New Britain.  

Donald Root went on to star in college at RPI as a winning sprinter.

Mr. Root will also be remembered best as the leading architect for the new HPHS School, now located on Forest Street.   
Ted Rush 1971
Basketball and Track
 
Ted Rush, class of 1971, was a star basketball player in Hartford Public’s storied basketball history.  He was also a champion and record setter in track and field. 

A four year starter he was named first team All-State Class LL by the New Haven Register in 1971.  Teddy led that team to a 20-3 mark and a runnerup in the Class LL tournament.  He scored over 1,000 points and was All-City and Conference multiple years.   He was team captain his junior and senior seasons. 

Ted also was highly successful on the outdoor track team. In 1970 he was first in the Triple Jump in the CIAC Class A meet and the State Open meet, both Owl championships. In the Greater Hartford meet he set the triple jump record in 1970 and in 1971 he set the meet long jump record.  In both meets he was a double winner.  In 1971 he finished the year ranked eighth in the country in the Triple Jump. 

After high school he went to Florida A&M to play basketball and he currently resides in Saint Petersburg, FL.   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
​Brian Sanford 2005
Football, Wrestling and Track
 
 Brian Sanford, class of 2005, was a very versatile athlete competing at a high level in football, wrestling, and track at Hartford Public.   

At HPHS Brian captained both the football and wrestling teams.  In football he was All-State Hartford Courant 2004 selection as a senior and was ALL-CCC East in both his junior and a senior years. He also was selected to play in the Connecticut-Rhode Island Governors Cup All-Star game.

In Track and Field, he was state champion in the shot put, discuss, and 100 meter hurdles at the 2005 CIAC Class M Outdoor Track and Field Meet.  It was a rare individual achievement. 

In Wrestling he finished 3rd in the 215 pound weight class in the state meet and 3rd in the New England meet earning All-New England honors.  

He was awarded the prestigious CIAC Leadership Award from the state of Connecticut for his leadership example at HPHS.    

Brian attended Westminster Prep for a year and was All-Colonial and All-New England in football.  He also competed in Track and Field.  From there he attended Temple University where he starred in football. 

After college, Brian signed with the Cleveland Browns of the NFL as an undrafted free agent.  He made the practice squad and eventually worked his way up to the regular roster. He played in 7 games for both Cleveland Browns and later the Oakland Raiders.    

Brian currently resides in Hartford. 
 
Julie Spector 1976
Swimming, Track and Cross Country
 
Julie Spector, class of 1976, was an all-around athlete while at Hartford Public. 

Julie competed in swimming, track, and cross country at a time when women’s athletics at HPHS first became popular. Her HPHS teams of that early era were very competitive. 

She was also an outstanding academic student and leader. Julie attended Bowdoin College majoring in Political Science and Russian. She competed in swimming there and lettered four years while also lettering in soccer and track and field.  In addition to earning Dean’s List recognition, she was commencement speaker and received the Goodwin Award among her many accomplishments at Bowdoin. 

She then went on to Seattle University and completed her law degree in 1985. 

Julie held various roles including a staff public defender and as a county prosecutor in King’s County.  From 1995 to 1997 she worked as a staff counsel attorney in a Seattle area law firm then from 1997 to 1999 she had a private law practice. 

In 1999 she was appointed to the Superior Court in the state of Washington by then Governor Gary Locke.  As a judge, she has chaired and served on many committees and one highlight is being invited to the White House in October 2015 to participate in a nationwide survey of reducing pre-trial incarceration rates.

In her spare time she is a certified AFAA cycling instructor, having taught at local area gyms.  Julie enjoys the great outdoors of the Northwest, her Golden Retriever, hiking, biking, gardening, and playing the piano.  She also played Field Hockey on the Masters level traveling to Fiji, Europe, and Argentina for competitions. 
 
 
​Ralph Storey 1970
Football, Basketball and Track
 
Ralph Storey, class of 1970, was an outstanding all-around athlete.  He competed extremely well in every sport he performed in at Hartford Public High School. 

Ralph was a three sport letter winner in football, basketball, and track and field.  His strength in track was field events. He routinely scored points in the discus, javelin, and shot put helping the Owls win the CIAC Class Meet and the State Open championship meet. 

After High School he attended Greater Hartford Community College and played basketball. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for three years. 

Ralph then worked at Cushman Machine on Windsor Street in Hartford and Hop River Construction in Columbia.  His hobby was managing large fish tanks and his home usually contained multiple aquariums. 

Ralph Storey died in 2005. 
 
​Clement Taylor 1969
Track
 
Clement Taylor, class of 1969, was a star track athlete and one of the best hurdlers in the history of the Hartford Public track program.  He was an All-State performer. 
In the 1969 Class A Indoor state meet, Clement finished in first place in both the 60 yard high hurdles and high jump, leading the Owls to their seventh CIAC indoor state championship. 

Clement won the CIAC hurdle championship five times.  Indoors, he won the 60 high hurdles in 1968 and 1969 with a CIAC record time of 7.3 in 1969. In the outdoor hurdle events, he won the 110 high hurdles in 14.4 at the Class A meet and then won the Open meet with a 14.8 time. 

Later that year, Clement finished first in the 110 High Hurdles at the New England Outdoor Championship Meet earning him All-New England honors. 

After Hartford High, Clement attended the University of Hartford, studying fine arts and photography. 

He was an assistant coach of the girls track team at Windsor High School for some time after high school.  He presently works at St. Francis Hospital. 

He continues to enjoy all sports activities - tennis, basketball and golf.   He is well known among his friends for taking long hook shots when playing basketball.  
Doward Tisdol 1973
Basketball

Doward Tisdol was an all-time great hoop star at Hartford Public, leading teams that were consistently in the top five in the state. 
 
He was a four year letter winner. He made All-City three years and All-Conference three years. He was named first team All-State Class LL by the New Haven Register in both his junior and senior seasons.  He scored 1,265 points in his career.     
 
The Owl teams his four years had a combined won-loss record of 73-15.  They won the city title each year.  They won the CDC title the last three.  In 1973, he poured in 44 points to lead the Owls to a 90-71 win over Fitch of Groton in the Class LL semifinal.  At the time it was a school record, later broken in 1981 when HPHS Hall of Famer Mike Adams scored 46 at Waterford. 
 
In his final three seasons, the Owl teams went 60-8 under Hall of Fame Coach John Cuyler and made the Class LL State Championship game each year.    
 
After high school, Doward went to Virginia State where he starred on the hardwood making All-American.  He also participated in the first Doc Hurley Classic when Virginia State played Hampton at Weaver in 1976. 
 
Doward was drafted in the sixth round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.     
 
Doward Tisdol died in 2016.  

Darrion Williams 1999
Football and Track
 
Darrion Williams, class of 1999, was an all-time great running back at HPHS. 

As a junior, he rushed for 1,802 yards and led the Owls to a 7-4 record and a tie for the CCC East Conference crown.  He was named an All-State running back by the Hartford Courant. 

As a senior, Darrion rushed for 2,380 yards, a school record. The Owls finished 7-3 that season. As captain that year, Darrion was named All-State by both the New Haven Register (as a defensive back) and the Hartford Courant, as a runner. He was a remarkable two way player.

He also starred in indoor track winning the 55 meter dash in Class L competition and finishing second in the State Open.  He was awarded All-State status for his performance in that particular event.

Darrion attended Western Connecticut after High School and was a running back at the University.  He later became a star semi pro player for the Connecticut Thunder helping the team win four league championships. 

Darrion has coached T-ball in East Hartford and is a Boy Scout leader.

He currently resides in East Hartford. 

Welcome, Darrion Williams, to the HPHS Athletic Hall of Fame.​ 
Henry Williams 1887
Football
 
Henry Williams was one of the first great football players at Hartford Public, class of 1887. That’s right, 1887! 

He was also on some of the first interscholastic athletic teams ever at the school. While at HPHS, he was the star fullback on teams that were named state champions two years in a row. They finished undefeated for the 1886 season.  He went onto Yale and was a star player there as well. 

After college he became a college football coach.  He settled at the University of Minnesota coaching from 1900-1921, compiling a 131-36-3 record.  His win total is most in school history.  His teams won 8 Big Ten Championships.  Three of his players went onto Hall of Fame coaching careers.  Thirteen attained All-American status and 31 were named to the first team All-Big Ten team.  

In 1931, Alonzo Stagg credited Williams with the origination of the forward pass. In a rules committee meeting in 1906 he initially suggested the idea of allowing the ball to be passed forward. 

In 1951, he was voted into the College football Hall of Fame.  

In the 1950’s, after a remodeling, the home of Minnesota basketball was renamed in his honor and to this day is called the “Williams Arena”. 

In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the Top Fifty athletes from each state for the 20th Century.  Henry L Williams was 31st.    

In that Sports Illustrated Top Fifty from 1999, five Hartford Public graduates were in the Top 31 (Lindy Remigino, Marlon Starling, Marcus Camby, Michael Adams, and Henry Williams).  A remarkable achievement for a single school.  Today they are now all a part of our Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Henry Williams died in 1931.
 
Heyward Woodward 1972
Track
 
Heyward Woodward, class of 1972, was a star sprinter on great Hartford Public track teams.  

At HPHS, his toughest competition was his teammate, Pablo Franco.  Heyward was the only sprinter to beat Pablo in high school.  Heyward scored many points for the state champion winning teams and was on the record setting 4X100 relay teams.  In all Heyward was on five state championship teams. 

After high school, Heyward attended the University of Connecticut starring in track there as well.  In 1973, he won the 100 yard dash in the Yankee Conference meet in a freshman record time of 9.8 as UCONN won the title.  In 1976, he finished second in both the Yankee Conference Championship Meet and the New England Championship Meet. His placing in the 220 yard dash earned him All-Conference and All-New England honors.

After college, Heyward served four years in the US Air Force. He was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. During that time he was a member of the nine team Demand Processing Team who were in direct support of the first two shuttle missions. 

Heyward worked twenty-two years for Gartner, Inc; the first fourteen as Supervisor of Information Services and the last eight as Regional Facilities Manager for Florida\Georgia. 

Heyward now resides in West Columbia, South Carolina. 

Welcome, Heyward Woodward, to the HPHS Athletic Hall of Fame.