Hall of Fame 2008


Yorktown High School Hall of Fame

Inducted Spring 2008

(click on the Inductee's name to see their plaque)

Daniel Blumenthal

Classical Pianist
YHS Class of 1970

Internationally renowned soloist, concert musician and chamber artist; has released 80 albums; performed at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center; prize-winner in competitions in Geneva, Leeds, Sydney, Brussels; artist professor at annual chamber music festival Denmark; artistic adviser to Icons of Europe; professor of piano, Royal Conservatory in Brussels; born in Germany, began playing at age 5; B.A. University of Michigan; M.A. and D.M.A. Juilliard School.

Elisa Carbone

Children’s Book Author
YHS Class of 1971 

Noted writer of young-adult fiction using historical and social themes; works include Blood on the River: James Town 1607, winner of Virginia Library Association Jefferson Cup Award 2007; Last Dance on Holladay Street, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage 2006; The Pack, winner of Bank Street College of Education Best Book Award 2004; Storm Warriors, an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book 2001; Stealing Freedom, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults 1999; B.A., M.A. University of Maryland.

Greg Garcia

TV Writer-Producer
YHS Class of 1988 

Created TV sitcom “My Name is Earl,” which won Emmy and People’s Choice Award 2006; co-created comedy series “Yes, Dear” and “Built to Last”; executive producer of “Getting Personal”; consulting producer for “Family Guy”; wrote scripts for “Family Matters” and “On Our Own”; on-air personality, Tony Kornheiser radio show; B.S. Frostburg State University 1992.

Rich Lowry

Magazine Editor, Conservative Commentator
YHS Class of 1986

Editor of National Review since 1997, staffer since 1992; syndicated columnist and commentator for Fox News Channel; published commentary in New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times; wrote 2003 bestseller Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years; reporter, Connection Newspapers; B.A.1990 University of Virginia, where he edited monthly Virginia Advocate.

C. Tyler Mathisen

Journalist/Editor/News Anchor
YHS Class of 1972

Managing Editor, CNBC Business News, and host of “High Net Worth”; previously co-anchored CNBC’s “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo and Tyler Mathisen’’ after joining CNBC in 1997; executive editor, senior editor, and writer for Money magazine, 1982-1997; money editor for ABC's “Good Morning America” 1991-1997; won Emmy in 1987 for stock-market reports on WCBS-TV in New York; Time-Life Books writer, 1976- 82; B.A. University of Virginia 1976.

Heather McHugh

Poet, Essayist, Translator
YHS Class of 1965

Many collections of original poems and essays, as well as translations of Jean Follain and Paul Celan (Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2001); Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Award; United States Artists Award; two grants from National Endowment for the Arts; Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, University of Washington in Seattle; Chancellor, Academy of American Poets 1999-2006; fellow of American Academy of Arts & Sciences; visiting professor, Iowa Writers’ Workshop; chairs and/or endowed lectureships at University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University et al.; accepted at Harvard at 16.

Eric Schmidt

Chairman and CEO, Google Inc.
YHS Class of 1972

Joined board of top Internet search-engine firm Google in 2001 and became chairman and CEO; CEO of Novell 1997-2001; chief technology officer Sun Microsystems; after joining Sun in 1983 as a software manager led development of Java; worked for Bell Laboratories, Zilog, and Computer Science Lab at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center; serves on Princeton University Board of Trustees and Apple Inc. Board of Directors; chairman of board of New America Foundation; B.Sc. Princeton 1976 and M.Sc.1979; Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, 1982