Inductees - 2002

Jennifer Marshall-Nealy 1977
A legend among legends in the proud HPHS Track program. 
Laurels include: state 100 yard dash champion; 100 meter dash champion; member of the state champion medley relay team; First female member of the Owls indoor boys track team and first female to compete in, and win an event in the Hartford Invitational Track Meet; Was the driving force that created HPHS girls' indoor track team; and adding girls' events in the Hartford Invitational Track Meet; Won many titles at The New Britain Invitational Track Meet. Still holds the 100 yard dash record in the Hartford Invitational 10.9. AAU junior Olympic 100 yard dash record holder and sprint relay.  Ran anchor leg of AAU winning sprint relay teams, won 100 and 200 events in National track meet at UCLA; Successfully competed in the Penn relays, Milrose Games and Colgate Games; Junior Olympian 1975-1977. Captain of the HPHS Track team; Captain of HPHS Cheerleading team; Vice President of HPHS's Girls League, and Student Council.
At Delaware State tied the indoor 60 yard record, 1978; Tied outdoor 100 yard record, 10.9; And won the 100 yard dash at the Maryland Invitational. Volunteer Track and Cross Country Coach, Middle and elementary schools. Member of 2002 Winter Olympics "Torch Relay Team". 

On November 4th 2018 Jennifer Marshall-Nealy was honored as the 1977 and 1978 Girls Outdoor Track teams were inducted into the Hartford Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  
Michael Adams 1981
An outstanding basketball star at HPHS, Boston College and for ten years in the NBA.  One of the best basketball players ever from Connecticut. 
In High School made 2nd team New Haven Register All-State as a junior and first team as a senior.  All CDC for three years.   Averaged 29.9 points per game as a senior and led the Owls to a Class LL semifinal berth two years in a row, 1980 and 1981. 
At BC he was All Big East 2nd Team for 3 years, scored 1650 points and is one of their greatest alltime players.   Mike led the Eagles deep into the NCAA tournament, losing in the sweet sixteen and elite eight. 
Michael played 11 years in the NBA with four teams.  In the 1991-92 season he was an NBA All Star averaging 18 points per game for the Washington Bullets.   In the 1990-1991 season, with Denver, he had his best year averaging 26.5 points and 10.5 assists.   As a pro he scored 9621 career points and had 4209 assists.   He also was a prolific three point shooter leading the league in made threes multiple times and in one game (9). 

In a 1999 Sports Illustrated Story "50 Greatest Sports Figures from Connecticut" Michael Adams was number 29. 

Michael returned home January 19th, 2018 as Michael Adams Jersey #23 was raised to the HPHS Field House rafters honoring one of the school's great athletes.  

Larry Amann
Larry Amann was a longtime coach at Hartford Public from 1924 to 1964. He was Nationally renowned and one of the most successful coaches in the history of the State of Connecticut.  His teams won a total of 35 State Championships.   Thats right, 35 in cross country, swimming and track. 

His track teams won 11 outdoor championships and 2 indoor.  They won 17 city and 16 greater Hartford titles.  His overall record was 209-64.  Lindy Remigino took over indoor track in 1956 and outdoor track in 1965.  

Coach Amann's swim teams captured 15 state championships, had 7 unbeaten seasons, won 61 straight dual meets, and compiled a 262-134-1 record.  Ralph Viola became the swimming coach in 1965.  

His Cross country teams went 116-46, won 7 state champonships and 18 city and 3 greater Hartford titles, with 10 individual state champions. He turned over Cross Country coaching to Lindy Remigino in 1956.  

Presented Gold Key by the Connecticut sportswriters alliance in 1950, and was inducted in the Connecticut High School Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1978.
Larry Amann died in 1976.
Leo Bedrick 1938
Outstanding diver on 4 successive unbeaten, state championship Hartford Public High School swimming teams from 1935 to 1938.  Individually, went undefeated 3 straight years, and won 3 consecutive state diving titles; Leading scorer on the 1938 team; was also a strong point-producer in the breast stroke; went on to stardom in AAU competition.  Member of HPHS 1938 track team, winner of the state championship and greater Hartford meet; competed in the pole vault.  Received Wickham Medal as best athlete in class of 1938; awarded Whitney A. Carr scholarship to the university of Iowa; was 3-year letterman as star diver on Hawkeyes' swimming teams; bronze medalist in National Intercollegiate Diving championships; UI graduate, majored in commerce, class of 1942; career businessman.
H. R. "Bat" Castellani 1944
An All-ime star in Hartford Public High School proud football program; member of the class of 1944. Powerful fullback, letterman, 1941, 1942, 1943.
Captain of the Owls, selected to the Connecticut All-State team, 1943; Also played baseball 1942. 
Vice president, Monogram Club 1942; President, Monogram Club, 1943.  World War II Navy Veteran; member of Trinity College footbal teams 1950, 1951; graduated in 1952; degree in Econimics; career businessman, Owner of Greyhound Racing Kennel for 50 years; retired in 2002.

Bat Castellani died in December 2017.  
John Cuyler
 John "Turk" Cuyler, a highly respected Boy's Head Basketball coach at Hartford Public High School,
1966-1977; Faculty member, 1966 to 1994.  Graduate of Flordia A&M University; Outstanding
Student, Captain of the basketball team in his senior year; member of ROTC, and following graduation served as First Lieutenant in the United States Army.  Coached HPHS Basketball Team to 4 Class LL Runner-
Up finishes, 7 Capital District Conference Titles, and 11 City Championships, and produced 7
All-State players; Also coached tennis.  Selected as Basketball Coach-of-the-Year by The Hartford Times
Newspaper, and was named CDC Coach-of-the-Year; From 1978-1982 was Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
at The University of Hartford.  Member of both the Florida A&M Athletic Hall of Fame, and the University's Basketball Hall of Fame; Received the Distingushed Alumnus Award in 1996.
  John Cuyler died in February 2003.
Charles Duggan 1971
One of a long line of star distance runners at Hartford Pubic High School; Member, Class of 1971.  Major Laurels: CIAC Indoor 2-mile, 1969 (Record 9:16.1), 1971; CIAC outdoor, Class LL 2-mile, 1969, 1970; Set state outdoor 2-mile record, 9:06.3, 1971; Greater Hartford Invitational.  Also, lone 3-time champion, 1968, 1969, 1970, Greater Hartford Invitational; 3-Time City Champion, Indoor and Outdoor track, and cross-country; Held H.P.H.S. mileand 2-mile records; lost only one race indoor and outoor, for the owls over a 3-year period; finished 6th in 1971 Golden West Invitational to gain All-American selection.
At Springfield College was 3-Time NCAA Division III Cross-Country All-American; set school records in mile, 2-mile and 3-mile, among many other accomplishments in Springfield College program.
Member Springfield College Athletic Hall-of-Fame; Has coached and taught physical education for over 25 years.
Charlie is also well known for his success running the Manchester Road race.  He was the last winner from Connecticut, winning in 1980.  In 2015 he ran his 48th consecutive race and was the honorary co-chairman of the race. 
Pablo Franco 1973
Track and Football
Pablo Franco, one of the greatest sprinters in Hartford Public High School's storied track and field program
was also one of Hartford Public's most successful athletes, class of 1973. 

Won 17 CIAC individual championships from 1970 to 1973, led by 4 straight wins in the state open
100-yd dash, 1970, 1971 (Record 9.5), 1972 and 1973; Also Class LL 100, 1971, 1972 and 1973; Class LL,
200, 1971, 1972 and 1973; Indoors, 60-YDS, 1971, 1972 and 1973 (Record 6.2) and 300-YDS,1973
(Record 31.4). Other highlights: Record 9.4 in the 100 in 1973 Hartford Public High School Invitational;
Placed second in 220 in Golden West National Invitational, and posted countless other victories for
 Coach Lindy Remigino's Owls.

Pablo was on 10 state championship teams in track at HPHS. Two indoor class titles, four outdoor class titles, and four outdoor open championships.  He was also a star running back on three football teams that were consistently in the Top Five in the state, 1970-72.  Those teams went 22-4.  
Starred in University of Washington's track program; Graduate Class of 1978. 

In 1988 he was part of the mile relay team that was inducted into the University of Washington's Hall of Fame.  
Eddie Griffin 1962
Eddie Griffin was a star basketball player and football player at Hartford Public.  Maybe the school's best hoop star ever. He was a two-time All-New-England Basketball player on Hartford Public High School's 1960-61 and 1961-62 teams, winners successive New England Championships. 
At the 1960-61 New Englands, Eddie scored 21 points with 16 rebounds to lead the Owls to the championship win, a 68-62 upset over Wilbur Cross High School of New Haven; sportswriters covering the tournament at the Boston Garden placed him on the All-New England team.
The next season his 26 points led Hartford Public to it's first CIAC state title ever, a 67-64 win over Bulkeley at UCONN.  He scored 24 points as the the team defeated Hartford Bulkeley again, 47-39, in the final game as HPHS won a second straight New England title; was again selected All-New England.  Always rated as one of Connecticut's All-Time best high school basketball players; Laurels include being All-State in both 1960-61 and 1961-62; 

Eddie Griffin was Hartford Public's first 1,000 point scorer, finishing with 1,156 points. After his senior year, in basketball, he was named to two All-American teams (Parade and the Scholastic Coaches).  

Eddie was also a star on the gridiron. In 1960, his first year playing, he won the Syd Conn Trophy for his all around play leading the Owls to a 26-14 victory over Weaver Thanksgiving Day.   Also in 1960, in a 44-14 win over East Hartford, he scored 4 touchdowns.  In a 36-22 win over Fitch he scored two touchdowns including an 83 yard run. HPHS was 11-4-1 the two years he played winning the City crown both years. 

Eddie then went to Linnfield College in Oregon where he starred in basketball and football.  He then played for six seasons as the shooting guard for the Eastern League's Hartford Capitols. 

Eddie then embarked on a long career as an educator in the Hartford School system and as a coach.  He  coached at rival Bulkeley and they won state championships under his tutelage in 2000 (Class LL) and 2009 (Class L). 

On November 4th 2018 Eddie Griffin and the Championship teams from 1961 and 1962 were honored with induction into the Hartford Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  
Harold F. (Hal) Heintz 1943
Football, Baseball, Basketball
Outstanding All-Around Athlete, Honors student, School Activist; Member, Class of 1943.
Starred in football and basketball; Captain of the 1942 football team; received Wickham medal
as Best Athlete in lass of 1943.  Member, National Honor Society, Vice President in Senior year;
President of Student COuncil; President of Athletic Associaton; Member of Boys' Biology Club. 

In the 1942 Thanksgiving Day game against rival Weaver, Hal scored the lone touchdown in a 7-0 victory, breaking Weaver's 12 game winning streak.  The Owls won the city championship and improved to 14-5 in the all time series with their arch rival.    That season his six touchdowns tied for the most in the District. 
At Trinity College, played both football and baseball; Member of Varsity"T" Club in senior year;
Received Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics.  Prominent Governmental figure.
Harold F. "Hal" Heintz died in 1985.
Larry Hutnick 1948
Football, Baseball, Basketball
One of Hartford Public High School's Finest-Ever student athletes. 
Member, Class of 1948; Starred in football and basketball; Captain of baseball and basketball teams. 

In his senior season he made 2nd team All-District in his first year playing football.  He made All-District in basketball and was the Districts leading scorer by a wide margin.  In baseball he was the District's leading hitter at .392 and also led in six other categories.   All District in all three sports, pretty remarkable. 

At Trinity College, was 3-sport standout, football, baseball, and basketball; Key member of unbeaten and untied 1949 football team; Played in Philadelphia Phillies' System; Following US Airforce Service,
returned to Trinity to prepare for 35 year teaching/guidance career.  Coached basketball, golf and tennis
at both the college and high school levels, and in the private sector; his daughter, Felicia Hutnick-Kaiser,
went on to be a tennis All-American, played 5 years in the WTA, and competed in 3 of 4 major tournaments.
Peter E. Naktenis 1932
Baseball, Basketball, Track
A Legend as Hartfor ublic High School Baseball Player, Top pitcher, Stylish Lefthander n 1931 and 1932 Teams; Also a standout in basketball and Track,
Pitched for The American League's Philadelphia A's (1936), and the National League's Cincinnati Reds (1939). Also for such other local area teams as The Hartford Chiefs and The Savitt Gems.  Member of the 1944 Eastern League Champion Hartford Chiefs.  In 1979,, was inducted into The Greater Hartford TwilightLeague's Hall-of-Fame.
Johnny Newell
 The term "Coaching Legend" was a perfect fit for Johnny Newell, producer of fine teams and athletes at Hartford Public High School for 34 years, 1919-1953.  His players and teams were well coached, always came to play, and like Newell, brought great credit to Hartford Public High School.  Coach Newell had one other talent which is important to coaches, even today,  He prepared young men for the game of life, always stressing the importance of hard work, being responsible and respecting others. 
Coach Newell led the Newellmen as his teams where often called to a 116-88-14 record in football.  The win total is most in school history.   His teams won ten City Titles and had epic battles with long time rival New Britain in which it was common for more than ten thousand fans to attend.  In the 1920's his teams went 55-19-4 and had two seasons of 6-0-1 in 1925 and 1927 and won unoffical state titles each year. Also, the 1922 team was declared co-champions of the State along with Bridgeport.    
In basketball he won 184 games and is third in school history.  The Newellmen won eight city titles. 
Two awards, in particular, represent the high regard that others had for Johnny Newell.  In 1955, he was presented with A Gold Key by the Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance, and in 1986, he was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Johnny Newell died in 1981.
Lindy J. Remigino 1949
Hartford Public High School's gift to track and field, at every level; Member, Class of 1949; Graduate of
Manhattan College, 1953. 
Personal Victories; 1952 Helinski Olympic Gold Medalist, 100 Meters, 4 X 100 Medley Relay;
IC4A Intercollegiate 200 Meters , 1952, 1953,; IC4A Intercollegiate 100 and 200 yards, 1953; Milrose Games,
60 yards, 1952 New England Interscholastics, All Classes, 100 yards, (9.8, New England Record), 1948, 1949;
Connecticut Large Schools (AA), 220 yards, 1948, 1949 (21.2 State record), CIAC State Indoors, 60 Yards, 1948,
50 Yards, 1949 (5.3 State and National Record).
Coaching Record: HPHS coach in track and field, Cross country for 42 years; CIAC state championships, 31,
21, outdoors, 10 indoors, Greater Hartford, 19; City, 25; Including 18 in a row; Unbeaten champions 157,
40 relay teams; All-Amercans, 12 Dual Meet Record 282-49-1.
Honors/Tributes: No. 1, 100 meter, US and World, 1952; National Coach-of-The-Year Dist. 1, 1974, '77, '83 and '94; 1972 Participant, 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Legends Walk;
one of Sports Illustrated's 10 Best High School Coaches, 1973; HPHS Nutmeg Games Distinguished Service
Award 1989, 1991, and was Local Hero Torchbearer for 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. 
Founder of HPHS Sports Hall-of-Fame.

In a 1999 Sports Illustrated Story "50 Greatest Sports Figures from Connecticut" Lindy was listed at number 20.  In Nov 2017 he was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, his 11th Hall of Fame.  

Lindy Remigino passed in July of 2018.  

John P. "Clipper" Smith 1924
Hartford Public High School's Major Luminary. 
Captain of the 1923 Owl's Footbal team.  That team coached by Johnny Newell went 5-1-2 and was one of the strongest in the state beating fierce rival New Britain for the second year in a row and 4th time in six years.

John "Clipper Smith" then played for Coach Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, 1925, 1926, 1927.  Captained the 1927 Irish to a 7-1 record; played Guard, and was named to 6 different All-American teams.  He was present when the lefendary Rockne gave the "win one for the Gipper" speech in 1928 when he was an assistant coach.

Served as head coach at North Carolina State and Duquesne.  Named to National Football Foundation Hall-of-Fame and Notre Dame Hall-of-Fame in 1975.
Received Gold Key from Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance in 1960.
Eugene Tetrault 1962
National Champion, Record Setting Hartford Public High School Track Star; Member, Class of 1962.
In 1962 alone, the HPHS great became National Champion in both the 1,000 Yards; Record time of 2:14.9,
and the outdoor 880 with a mark of 1:56.6; Won the New England 880; Captured his 3rd straight State Class LL
and Open meets, and finished the season unbeaten.
Received the John C. Jackson Award as Top Athlete Track.  Starred at Villanova University. U. S. Army Vetran,
Vietnam War.
David A. Tyler 1939
The greatest swimmer in Hartford Public High School's history. Starred on teams coached by the
redoubatable Larry Amann.  Established  8 National Records; The 40, 50, 100, 220 and 440 Yard free styles.  Among them, also held many state and many team marks.
Founder and coach of the West Hartford Swim Club for youngsters.  Later to be known as the Suburban
Swim Club.  Served two terms as President of the Connecticut AAU.
Graduate of Trinity College, Class of 1943.  World War II U. S. Air Force Veterran and recepient
of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Clusters, and Long-Time insurance company executive.
Dave Tyler died on October 30, 2000.
Steve Waterman 1967
Basketball and Coach
Prominent figure in Hartford Public High School's basketball program, both as a player and head coach;
Member, Class of 1967.
While playing for the Owls, 1963-1967, was All-New England, All-State and All-City, as well as being a member
of the All-Hartford Times' Team, the All-Hartford Courant Team, and the Varsity Letter Club.
HPHS Head Basketball Coach 1994-1999; Compiled a 94-41 record.
Star Player at Springfield College, 1967-71, Member of Varisty "S" Club and "1,000 Point Club".