Hall of Fame
YORKTOWN HIGH SCHOOL
HALL OF FAME AND INSPIRATION
Seven accomplished alumni of Yorktown High School will be inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame and Inspiration at a ceremony set for Friday, May 18. The event, scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Patriot Hall, will welcome inductees, their families, students, alumni, parents and community officials for whom presenters will dedicate seven plaques containing photographs and biographies mounted on the wall in the gym lobby.
The Hall of Fame and Inspiration was created in 2004 and includes such notable alumni as broadcaster Katie Couric (class of ’75), Google CEO Eric Schmidt (’72), Olympic swimmer Tom Dolan (’93), the late astronaut David Brown (’74) and Hilton Hotels CEO Chris Nassetta (’80).
The addition of seven in 2018 brings the total inductees to 35, after rounds of inductions in 2004, 2008 and 2014.
An inductee can be an achiever in any field of endeavor that brings credit to the school. He or she can be famous nationally or locally, living or deceased, and should be inspiring to the high school-age students who will walk by their plaques every day.
Funds for the 2008 inductions into the YHS Hall of Fame and Inspiration came largely through a generous gift from Melody Miller (YHS ‘63), an original supporter and member of the HOF&I founding committee. Her endowment is in honor of the beloved Sara Jane Knight, a remarkable social studies teacher from 1961-92, who mentored, encouraged and inspired YHS students to take an active interest in the civic life of our nation.
The tributes assembled here grew out of a project to honor alumni, teachers and staff whose deeds and lives bring credit to Yorktown High School. The first installment of this expandable exhibit was sponsored in 2003 by the Alumni & Friends of Yorktown High School, Inc., the Yorktown High School PTA, and the Yorktown High School administration led by Principal Raymond Pasi. It was prepared by a volunteer committee of alumni and current students, teachers and parents who considered dozens of nominations received in response to an e-mail survey sent to thousands of alumni.
The Hall of Fame and Inspiration plaques were made possible through the generosity of Hubert N. "Jay" Hoffman III, YHS Class of 1962. He made his gift in honor of a beloved Yorktown teacher, Mary Stuart Moseley, who taught business from 1960-78.