Eight alumni, six former staff members and a community supporter were inducted as charter members of the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon held in conjunction with the 2011 commencement.
The 15 inductees, several whose names have become synonymous with the 57-year-old school, were selected by the Edgewood High Alumni Association and the school administration from among the more than 30 candidates nominated based on their extraordinary contributions to the success of the school and their accomplishments elsewhere.
When the charter members were announced in April, EHS Principal Larissa Santos said the Hall of Fame will serve as a way to honor those former students, staff members and community leaders who have exerted a lasting influence on the success of the school. In addition, she said, the school can take pride from their contributions.
"We are excited about recognizing the example these stalwarts have set for our current students and staff," Santos said. "Their contributions to the development of our school over its 57 years of existence cannot be overstated."
"We are just beginning to scratch the surface of those who deserve to be enshrined in the EHS Hall," Don Morrison, chair of the Alumni Association EHS Hall of Fame Committee and a 1962 graduate of the school, said when the first class was announced. "Our review committee was so impressed with the accomplishments of those alumni and former staff members as well as the extraordinary contributions of community leaders who were nominated."
The 15 first Hall of Fame members were inducted during an afternoon assembly in the school's auditorium and also honored in a dinner/reception at the school.
The group was also recognized during commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 in the school gymnasium, the first graduation ceremony at the new school building, which opened at the start of this school year.
The late Dr. Earl J. Lightcap, Jr., the school's first principal, was to be represented by his sisters and nephews. Alumna and former EHS teacher Carol L. Barker was to be represented by the school's retiring Finance Academy Coordinator Carolyn Kustanbauter. Barker was out of the country on a previously scheduled excursion.
Plaques will be placed on a central school wall in a permanent display describing briefly the accomplishments and contributions of each Hall of Fame member, Morrison said.
Charter members of the EHS Hall of Fame are:
Carol L. Barker, Class of 1960 - A three-sport star at EHS, Barker earned her bachelor of arts from Milligan College and master's from Towson University. She taught physical education and history at Edgewood High from 1967 to 1984 and coached three sports. She was chair of the Physical Education Department, National Honor Society sponsor and prom sponsor among other student-life leadership roles. She also taught and coached at Bel Air High School from 1984 through her retirement in 1995. Barker was Music Department chair at Mountain Christian Church for 15 years and a member of the Sports & Adventure Council for 10 years. She is a life member of the Abingdon Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and past president of the Harford County and Abingdon Fire Company ladies auxiliaries. She is a 10-year member of the Board of Advisors for Milligan College. Barker was inducted into the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame in October 2003. (She is also being inducted as a former staff member in the EHS Hall.)
Howard K. McComas III, Class of 1961 - McComas played junior varsity basketball at EHS while working evenings in the family's mortuary business. As a dedicated member of the Boy Scouts, he earned the rank of Life Scout and is past-program chair for the BSA Harford District. After graduation from Eckles College with a degree in mortuary science, McComas operated McComas Funeral Home from 1971 through his recent semi-retirement and continues providing service in the business now operated by his children in the fifth generation business. He served with the National Mortuary Disaster System and is a life member and past board member of the State Funeral Directors Association. McComas is a 40-year member and past secretary of the Century Lions Club of Edgewood, where he was recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. He is a charter member of the Edgewood Elks Club and a lifelong member of the Izaak Walton League. He is a life member and past assistant chief of the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company and a past member of the Harford Fire Chiefs Association. McComas sponsored personally and through his firm many EHS programs, including scholarships, the post-graduation transportation program, purchase of bleachers/scoreboard/sports calendars and many others contributions. (McComas is also being inducted in the community service category.)
Helen E. Morrison, Class of 1961 - Morrison graduated in the top 10 percent of her class before beginning a career with the Department of Defense at the Edgewood Arsenal and Aberdeen Proving Ground, which lasted more than 40 years. She rose through the ranks from an entry level typist position to being the principal member of the U.S. Army Soldier, Biological and Chemical Command, responsible for managing the organization's procurement function, charged with development of policies/goals/objectives for the contracting program at nine sites. She managed a 312-person workforce at several sites around the country. Following her retirement, working with a small group of dedicated graduates, she established the Edgewood High School Alumni Association which conducts various fundraisers to provide annual scholarships and other services to the school. Her group took the lead in the celebration of the school's 50th anniversary and assisted in the closing/opening festivities for the old/new EHS in 2010. (Morrison is also being inducted in the community service category.)
Allan S. Ingalls Jr., U.S. Army colonel, retired, Class of 1962 - Ingalls played three sports at Edgewood High School and was co-captain of the football and baseball teams. He was also president of both the Student Government Association and the National Honor Society. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Western Maryland College, where he was vice president of the SGA and captain of the football and baseball teams, as well as commander of student ROTC. While an officer in the Army, he served as an Airborne Ranger in the Vietnam and Grenada conflicts. Ingalls also served in the United Nations international peacekeeping efforts in the Middle East. He was a Defense Department attaché' at the U.S. embassy in Algeria and served with armed forces along the DMZ in Korea. Following retirement, he served with international peacekeeping operations in the Sinai and later worked at numerous U.S. embassies abroad, conducting fundraisers and providing hands-on charitable assistance to worthy causes and families in those countries.
Richard B. Porterfield, U.S. Navy rear admiral, retired, Class of 1968 - Porterfield played four sports at EHS and was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams. He was named the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete from the Greater Baltimore Chapter. Porterfield earned appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a bachelor of science in physics. He played varsity football and was team captain his senior year at the Naval Academy. He earned two master's degrees later in his career. Porterfield served 33 years in the Navy, where he was director of intelligence at the U.S. Pacific Command and, subsequently, director of Naval Intelligence. He served off the coast of Vietnam during the evacuation of the U.S. embassy in Saigon. Porterfield also served in the Middle East in 1987 and 1992. His military and civilian awards include the Distinguished Service Medal and Legion of Merit (Navy); and the Director of Central Intelligence Distinguished Service Award (civilian). He is a defense and intelligence consultant and has lectured at the Naval Academy and at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center.
Dudley L. Bradley, Class of 1975 – Dudley Bradley was a three-year member of the EHS varsity basketball team and led the Rams to back-to-back county titles as well as the State Class B championship in 1975. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he played four years and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-American as a senior. Bradley was a first round draft pick of the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers, playing 13 years in the league before his retirement. Following his basketball days, he served the public as a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer for many years. Bradley sponsored the Dudley Bradley Basketball camp, free to area youth, for several years and founded various fundraisers dedicated to raising scholarship money for deserving youth.
Charles W. Bradley, Class of 1977 – Charles Bradley was a three-year member of the EHS varsity basketball team during which the Rams won the State Class B title (1975), finished third (1976) and second (1977). He was named All-County, All-State and All-American. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Wyoming, where he was named an All-American. He was drafted in the first round by the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics and also played for the Seattle Supersonics. Bradley coached basketball collegiately at his alma mater, San Diego State University, Brigham Young University and Metro State. He formed the Joint Effort Youth Foundation in Denver and is a founding member of the Colorado Gold Basketball Program.
Dr. Sharon L. Fries-Britt, Class of 1977 - Fries-Britt played three sports while at Edgewood High and was named a basketball All-American in 1976-77. She was selected 'Miss Aires' in 1976. Fries-Britt earned her bachelor of arts and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park and her master's from Ohio State University. She serves as associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland/College Park, conducting research on experiences of college students. Fries-Britt is a consultant on race/equity/diversity issues, having worked with universities such as Johns Hopkins and Princeton as well as with the federal government. She is also a research associate for the National Society of Black/Hispanic Physicists.
Lambert E. 'Bud' Coakley - Coakley was a teacher/coach/athletic director at Edgewood High from 1957 through 1984. The hard-bitten and tough, yet beloved mentor was head coach of the EHS football team from 1964 to 1979, establishing a dynasty of success that included two 9-1 teams. He was also head coach of the varsity basketball team from 1957 to 1965, leading the '64-65 team to the state semi-final game. Coakley taught social studies and physical education and was the school's athletic director. He was an outstanding high school athlete at Havre de Grace High and later at Washington College, where he is a member of their Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Harford/Cecil Baseball Hall of Fame, the Maryland State Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, the Maryland Scholastic Football Coaches Hall of Fame and the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame. In addition, Coakley was an outstanding high school athletics official.
Dr. Earl J. Lightcap Jr. - Dr. Lightcap was the founding principal of Edgewood High, serving in that capacity from 1954 through 1970. He was named principal of the school at age 26, opening a building to students in grades six through nine which was only half finished with a largely inexperienced staff. His inspired leadership established traditions for the school that have endured. Dr. Lightcap is remembered by staff and students as a no-nonsense, goal-driven principal who demanded that students respect each other and reach their full potential. He was also a gifted public speaker, in demand for presentations throughout his career and after retirement. He earned his Ph.D. in school law from the University of Pennsylvania and became the Harford County public school system's third highest ranking administrator in 1970, retiring a decade later. Dr. Lightcap was named a member of the Harford County Public School Educator Hall of Fame in 2002. (Dr. Lightcap is being inducted posthumously.)
Charles P. 'Chuck' Marzen - Marzen was a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor at Edgewood High from 1958 through 1973. He taught mostly senior English from 1958 until 1965 when he was named a guidance counselor, leaving that position to become the county's first guidance supervisor in 1973. Marzen was the school's highly successful baseball coach for more than a decade beginning in 1961, winning several county titles. He also coached JV basketball. Marzen is remembered by his students and student athletes as a kind and gentle educator whom they "did not want to disappoint," and who "modeled" the way a life should be lived. As head of the county's school counselors, he worked to add elementary school counseling to the system for the first time, building a school counseling program that was respected throughout the region. Upon his retirement from the school system, Marzen taught prospective school counselors in the graduate program at Loyola College for 12 years. He was named a member of the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame in 2003.
Paul M. Metzger - Metzger was a teacher, work experience coordinator and coach at EHS from 1967 through his retirement in 1997. He began as a wood shop teacher, renewing the program which had been dormant for several years and instituting craft shows that built student self-esteem. He spent his final 25 years at the school as its work experience coordinator, inaugurating the program that has students spend half their day at school and the remainder working at area businesses. He mentored countless students and helped them achieve success in school and in their adult lives. Metzger was the EHS head boys varsity basketball coach for 12 years beginning in 1967, leading the team to several league and five regional championships in addition to winning the State Class B title in 1975. He also introduced varsity soccer to EHS and coached that team to several county titles. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Edgewood Business Council which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for bleachers/football lights/scoreboards/and other facilities; as well as instructional equipment and materials while building a close connection between the school and the business community.
Dr. Carl D. Roberts - Dr. Roberts was assistant principal and principal at EHS from 1983 through 1991. He was promoted from assistant principal to principal in 1985 and was credited with restoring pride and prestige among staff and faculty. He facilitated the school's first student volunteer citizenship awards; opened a school store; created a dignified school mascot; established a school improvement program based on student needs; promoted college-preparatory courses; and encouraged a sense of belonging for students/staff. Dr. Roberts oversaw the creation of a school/business partnership and promoted parent participation in school governance. He was promoted to be the school system's assistant superintendent for secondary education in 1991 and was named Superintendent of Cecil County Public Schools in 1996, a position he held until his retirement in 2008.
Robert C. Williams - Williams was principal of Edgewood High from 1991 through 1996, leading the school through turbulent times, using his low-key, personal diplomacy to engage students and faculty. He created a sense of pride and a family atmosphere throughout the school. Williams established cooperative learning settings for students with special needs, teaming them with students from the regular education program. He oversaw the creation of the Edgewood Community Fair, an annual event that brought the school and area citizens together in a fun and educational program. Williams is remembered by students, staff and the community as being honest, forthright and trustworthy. After leaving Edgewood High, he served in various Harford County Public Schools leadership positions including acting deputy superintendent. He also served as acting principal in several secondary schools when their leadership was in transition. Williams is a member of the Harford County Public Schools Educator Hall of Fame.
Anthony J. 'Tony' Meoli - Meoli was owner and operator of several Harford County McDonald's restaurants for 18 years, including the facility in Edgewood beginning in 1972. He was the leader of the Edgewood Business Alliance with Edgewood High School and a key factor in the raising of more than $1 million to be used by the school for stadium improvements and academic needs. Meoli was the chief funding source for a summer basketball league and a behind-the-scenes supporter of the school. In addition, he provided his McDonald's facilities as a site for student work experience. For almost two decades, he counseled Edgewood High students and other young people on the work ethic and many other aspects of growing up positively.
EHS principal Santos said it is anticipated a maximum of five people will be added to the Hall of Fame in each of the succeeding years.
"We were anxious to create a charter group which exemplifies the quality of people who have been part of the school's past," she said.
Nomination forms for the 2012 EHS Hall of Fame program are available at http://www.hcps.org, choosing "Schools" and accessing the Edgewood High School web page; or by e-mailing email@example.com and requesting the forms.