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WPHS Hall of Fame

WPHS Hall of Fame

The White Plains High School Hall of Fame, initiated in 1996, honors White Plains High School graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers and/or have significantly and positively impacted the lives and welfare of their community. Each year, four to six distinguished alumni have been inducted into the Hall of Fame in a ceremony at White Plains High School. Their photos are displayed at the High School for all to see.
 

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2013 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

(Click on inductee’s name for expanded biography)

 

DR. SCOTT HALSTEAD ‘47

Dr. Halstead, who has devoted his career to the causation and

prevention of virus diseases, is the Founder of the global

Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative funded by the Gates Foundation.

 

M. HOWARD DAVIS ‘54

For 30 years, Mr. Davis was mentor and counselor to hundreds of White Plains students as Supervisor of Guidance at the White Plains Public Schools Alternative and Adult Education Programs.

 

DAVID CORN ‘77

An award-winning political journalist, author and analyst, Mr. Corn,

the Chief of the Washington Bureau for Mother Jones, appears regularly

on MSNB, FOX News and National Public Radio.

 

SORRAYA E. SAMPSON ‘84

After 12 years as Executive Vice President of The Urban League

of Westchester County, Ms. Sampson was appointed

President and CEO in January 2013.  


 2012 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

(Click on inductee’s name for expanded biography)

 

 Oscar Moore ‘56

U.S. Olympian runner & honored

college track & field coach

 

  Robert J. Benziger ‘71

Founder & Partner, Benziger Family Winery

  

Dr. Steven J. Corwin ‘73

CEO, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

 

Jody Cohan Prysock ‘75

Director, Language, Cultural & Disability Services,

NYU Langone Medical Center 

 

 
2010 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 

Dr. Pickward J. Bash, Jr. '47

First African/American WPHS graduate to attend medical school & Westchester anesthesiologist for 50 years

 

Richard M. Gardella '53

Municipal lawyer & community leader

 

T. Alexander Aleinikoff '70

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

 

Eileen Naughton '75

Director of Media Sales, Google, Inc.


 
2009 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Alfred A. Renino ‘47
White Plains music teacher & conductor for 35 years
 
Hon. Joseph M. Delfino ‘50
Mayor of White Plains, 1998-2009
 
Eartha A. Williams ‘60
Counselor & mentor to White Plains youth
 
Jimmy Roberts ‘75
Emmy Award-winning sports
journalist & broadcaster

 
2008 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
White Plains surgeon & founder
New York Bariatrics
(Posthumous Award)
 
Susan Katz ‘65
Founder & Executive Director, Westco Productions
 
Philip Kent ‘72
CEO, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
 
Author, attorney & broadcast commentator

 
2007 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Social services & mental health administrator
 
Former member WP Common Council
& WP Board of Education
 
Jane K. Pincus ‘55
Woman’s Movement pioneer &
author of the groundbreaking
“Our Bodies, Ourselves”
 
Dr. Joseph H. Antin ‘70
Physician & researcher of
bone marrow transplantation

 
2006 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Civic leader & President
White Plains Board of Education
(Posthumous Award)
 
Physician, teacher & internationally
recognized expert in medical ethics
 
Dr. William A. Bauman ‘68
Physician & researcher of
veterans with spinal cord injuries
 
Dr. Martha Himmelfarb ‘70
Professor, author & scholar in
ancient Judaism & Christianity

 
2005 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
 (Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Civic leader & President WP Board of Education
(Posthumous Award)
 
Lenore Janis ‘51
Businesswoman & President of
Professional Women in Construction
 
Businessman & member
White Plains Common Council
 
Physician, teacher &
international humanitarian in ophthalmology

 
2004 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
James J. Jordan ‘48
Award-winning advertising executive & copywriter
(Posthumous Award)
White Plains elementary school teacher for 30 years
& community activist
(Deceased)
 
Dr. Andrew Arnold ‘70
Internationally recognized physician in endocrinology &
leader in cancer research
 
Internationally renowned concert pianist

 
2003 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
White Plains physician & community volunteer
(Posthumous Award)
 
White Plains businessman & community volunteer
 
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist &
White House Correspondent
for The New York Times
 
Dr. Yvette Rooks ‘84
Physician & teacher of Family & Sports Medicine

  
2002 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
White Plains businessman & community leader
(Deceased)
 
WPHS teacher for 32 years & community volunteer
(Posthumous Award)
 
White Plains school nurse for 20 years &
community volunteer
Founder of Cross-Cultural Solutions,
an international volunteer organization
 

 
2001 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
White Plains community leader
 
J. Bruce Llewellyn ‘45
Business & civic leader
(Deceased)
 
Newspaper reporter & educator
 
Major League baseball player & coach 

 
2000 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Physician & cancer research scientist
(Deceased)
 
White Plains business leader & civic activist
 
Track champion, sports broadcaster &
CEO, USA Track & Field
 
Mindy Kaufman ‘74
Flutist & piccoloist,
New York Philharmonic Orchestra

 
1999 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
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John Zilembo ‘41
White Plains High School educator for 32 years
 
White Plains police captain & mentor to youth
(Posthumous Award)
 
Barbara Vrooman ‘54
White Plains community activist
 
Dave Marash ‘59
Award-winning broadcast journalist
 
R. Malcolm Graham ‘63
Massachusetts State Supreme Court Justice

 
1998 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
 (Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Westchester County Executive & Mayor of White Plains
(Posthumous Award)
 
Artist & political cartoonist
(Deceased)
 
Dr. Anthony Marano ‘52
White Plains cardiologist & community activist
 
Astronomer & author
 
Larry James ‘66
Olympic medal winter in track
(Deceased)
 
International concert pianist

  
1997 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
(Click on inductee's name for expanded biography)
 
Computer pioneer & educator
 
White Plains businessman & civic leader
 
President & CEO,
St. Joseph Hospital & Medical Center
 
White Plains High School teacher &
administrator for 38 years
 
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, “Rent”
(Posthumous Award)

 
1996 WPHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
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Julia Wadsworth ‘21
White Plains High School teacher for 38 years
(Deceased)
 
White Plains businessman & community leader
(Posthumous Award)
 
Bob Ruger ‘31
White Plains community leader & activist
(Deceased)
 
George V. Grune ‘47
Chairman of the Board & CEO, Readers Digest
(Deceased)
 
Isabel Villar ‘66
Founder & Director, White Plains Centro Hispano
 
NFL All-Star player

 
 Members Listed Alphabetically 
 
Name
Inducted
Graduated
2010
1970
2007
1970
2004
1970
1998
1945
2010
1947
2006
1968
1997
1953
2012
1971
2005
1923
2005
1964
2000
1949
David Corn

2013

1977

2012
1971
M. Howard Davis

2013

1954

2005
1958
2009
1950
2002
1941
2007
1955
2010
1953
1999
1963
1996
1947
Dr. Scott Halstead

2013

1947

2002
1947
2006
1970
2001
1946
2008
1965
1998
1966
2005
1951
1997
1953
2006
1944
2001
1952
2004
1948
2000
1974
2008
1965
2008
1972
1997
1978
2000
1955
2001
1945
1998
1952
1999
1959
2000
1973
2002
1933
1998
1924
1998
1954
2012
1956
1996
1976
2010
1975
1998
1966
2001
1944
2008
1979
2007
1955
2012
1975
2009
1947
2009
1975
1999
1947
2003
1984
2002
1984
1996
1931
2007
1949
Sorraya E. Sampson

2013

1984

2003
1978
1997
1936
2006
1949
2003
1943
1996
1968
1999
1954
1996
1921
1997
1947
2004
1955
2009
1960
2003
1969
1996
1925
2004
1973
1999
1941

 

Graduated

Name

Inducted

1921

Wadsworth, Julia

1996

1923

Briante, Frank X.

2005

1924

Michaelian, Edwin

1998

1925

Wolff, Richard F.

1996

1931

Ruger, Bob

1996

1933

McMahon, Frank

2002

1936

Scott, Norman

1997

1941

DePaso, Joseph

2002

1941

Zilembo, John

1999

1943

Trout, Dr. Kenneth

2003

1944

Johnson, Eileen W.

2006

1944

Oliva, Pauline

2001

1945

Becerra, Frank

1998

1945

Llewellyn, J. Bruce

2001

1946

Hoffman, Milton

2001

1947

Bash, Jr., Dr. Pickward J.

2010

1947

Grune, George

1996

1947

Halstead, Dr. Scott

2013

1947

Hilliard, Verdell

2002

1947

Renino, Alfred A.

2009

1947

Rooks, George D.

1999

1947

Wallach, Brian

1997

1948

Jordan, James J.

2004

1949

Carbone, Dr. Paul P.

2000

1949

Schneiderman, Dr. Lawrence J.

2006

1949

Russell, Harry J.

2007

1950

Delfino, Hon. Joseph M.

2009

1951

Janis, Lenore

2005

1952

Jones, Grover "Deacon"

2001

1952

Marano, Dr. Anthony

1998

1953

Brady, Sister Jane Frances

1997

1953

Gardella, Richard M.

2010

1953

Jefferson, Harry

1997

1954

Brown, Jr., William

2005

1954

Davis, M. Howard

2013

1954

Moché, Dr. Dinah

1998

1954

Vrooman, Barbara

1999

1955

Falcone, Josephine

2007

1955

Lee, Jr., Theodore J.

2000

1955

Pincus, Jane

2007

1955

Washington, Thelma J.

2004

1956

Moore, Oscar

2012

1958

Della Rocca, Dr. Robert C.

2005

1959

Marash, Dave

1999

1960

Williams, Eartha A.

2009

1963

Graham, R. Malcolm

1999

1965

Homan, Dr. William

2008

1965

Katz, Susan R.

2008

1965

Naughton, Eileen

2010

1966

James, Larry

1998

1966

Ohlsson, Garrick

1998

1968

Bauman, Dr. William A.

2006

1968

Villar, Isabel

1996

1969

Wolff, Nicholas

2003

1977

Corn, David

2013

1984

Sampson, Sorraya E.

2013