Einstein Hall of Fame Room Takes Shape

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Einstein Athletic Director Brady Blade (left) and
Hall of Fame Chairman Russell Bradshaw (right)
meet in the newly renovated athletic lounge at Einstein.

A renovated room that provides a formal, comfortable setting to honor the achievements of  former and current student athletes and coaches has become a popular feature at Albert Einstein High School.

The room, located off the Main Street hallway, was created through a collaborative effort involving Einstein alumni athletes, school administrators and the Boosters. The room is known as the Joseph A. Monte Athletic Hall of Fame Lounge, named for Mr. Monte, the popular counselor who has worked at Einstein since the school opened in 1961 and is its longest-serving employee.

A special feature of the room is the display of plaques honoring a group of 37 athletes and 5 coaches from 1962 to 1979. The athletes and coaches are inductees into the AEHS Athletic Hall of Fame, established by a two-year-old nonprofit organization to promote enduring athletic achievement at Einstein.

The athletic lounge was one of the Hall of Fame group’s first projects. After receiving permission in 2007 from Principal James Fernandez, the group worked with Fernandez and athletic director Brady Blade to locate suitable space in the school.

“We want to help students who are there now know that hard work and sports play an integral part in developing their future,” said Russell Bradshaw, chairman of the AEHS Hall of Fame.

Bradshaw pointed out that Montgomery students now can choose among high schools they want to attend.

“What the room says to a student is that a lot of alumni have come through there, a lot of alumni still are there to help, and maybe they too can one day be in the Hall of Fame,” he said.

Track lighting illuminates the plaque display in the Hall of Fame room, which is decorated in shades of the school colors – Scarlet and Columbia Blue. There’s a built-in display case for Titan memorabilia, and Hall of Famers plan to install video equipment that coaches, college recruiters and players can utilize. In the months since it opened, the room has been the setting for several school-related receptions.

The Hall of Fame organization will induct a new group of honorees, including coaches and atheltes, the weekend of Sept. 26-27. The event also will honor members of the school's undefeated 1962 football team. For more information on the upcoming event, visit the Hall of Fame website at www.aehshof.com,

--Susan DeFord, AEHS booster president


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