• NINE GRADUATES TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALLS

     

                Nine graduates will be inducted into the Norristown Area High School Hall of  Fame and Hall of Champions at public ceremonies in the high school auditorium, 1900 Eagle Drive, West Norriton Township, at 7 P.M., Thursday, November 12, 2015.

                The 37th annual induction will see four graduates inducted into the Hall of Fame and five into the Hall of Champions.  A total of 340 alumni have previously been inducted into the two halls since the Hall of Champions Association was founded in 1978.

    The Hall of Fame honors graduates of NAHS who have excelled in their chosen profession since graduation, while the Hall of Champions honors graduates who were outstanding athletes while participating in high school.

     

    Hall of Fame Inductees this year will be:
     

    James B. Clayton, Class of 1960, he is a Registered Professional Engineer and has worked 44 years as a facilities engineer, plant operations manager, business executive, government official and private consultant to public agencies and commercial owners.  From 1964 to 1984 he worked for the Navy Civil Engineering Corps.  He was with the SEABEES in South Vietnam, Spain and Puerto Rico, and managed the Navy’s real property maintenance program in the Pentagon.  He constructed the global communicaton link between the White House and submerged nuclear subs.  In 1984 he joined Kaiser Engineers, Inc. as Operations Manager for the firm’s Northern Virginia office.  He founded UNITY, Inc. where he was President from 1996-2007.

     

                Gus Puleo, Rev., Class of 1971; he has had a long and successful career via teaching languages at the college level and serving as Pastor for The Archdiocese of Page Philadelphia in Norristown.  He began his career teaching languages in the following places:  1976-’80, Professor of English and Spanish, Marymount College of Virginia; 1980-’82, Professor of English and Spanish, University of Panama, Panama City, Panama; 1982-’86, Head of Spanish Department, Kent High School, NJ; 1986-’92, Professor of Spanish, University of Pennsylvania;  1986-’92, Professor of Spanish, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; 1992-’99, Professor of Spanish, Caribbean Literature, and Latino Literature, Columbia University, New York, NY  In 2005 he was ordained a Catholic Priest; from 2005-2011 he served in Philadelphia churches.  From 2011 to the present he serves as Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Norristown. 

                                                      

                Walter K. Wieland., Class of 1955; he is a physicist specializing in optics who spent most of his career at Perkin Elmer, now ASM, a manufacturer of precision scientific equipment.  He was also employed by IBM and SVG.  He served as quality manager for Orbital Astronomic Observatory in Princeton and for the NASA Space Telescope.  He worked on great projects like the Retroreflector  package for the first moon walk and the Hubble Space Telescope.  He earned a BS in Physics at Penn State University in 1959.

     

                Marvin Bachrad, Class of 1953; he has a long and distinguished career in broadcasting and public relations involving sports.  After working for several radio stations in West Virginia and Pennsylvania after high school graduation, he served two years in the US Army where he ran an Armed Forces Radio Service Station WFJX.  After his service discharge he was Sports Director for 10 years at radio station WNAR in Norristown.  He was a long time sports reporter at Philadelphia radio stations, WCAU and KYW where he reported live from the Spectrum, Palestra and Convention Hall from 1975 to 1990.  During a 30 year interval, he reported on every Philadelphia 76ers and Big Five game.  In 1975 he was named Public Relations Director at Garden State Park and served until the track burned down in 1977.  He assumed the position as track PR Director at Brandywine Raceway in 1979 for the next 10 years until the track closed.

     

     

    Hall of Champions inductees will be the following;

     

                Thomas A. Patterson, Class of 1973; he was a three year starter on the football team playing offensive tackle and defensive end.  He also performed as a punter for the team.  He was named All-Suburban One League offensive tackle in 1972.  In 1973 he was chosen to play in the Montgomery County All-Star football game. He earned 3 varsity letters and was named the 1973 Philadelphia Bulletin high school scholar athlete. In track he performed in the weight events:  shot put, discus and javelin.  He earned 6 varsity letters in Winter and Spring track.  In 1973 he placed 4th in the State PIAA shot put with a heave of 55’6”.  He was named All-Suburban One League and All-District 1 in the shot put in 1973.

     

                Derrick Perry, Class of 1993; he was an exceptional basketball player for the Eagles during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.  During these two varsity seasons he scored 1,234 points.  His basketball honors included:  All-Suburban One League 1st Team in 1992 & 1993; was the leading scorer both years; All-Southeastern Pennsylvania 5th Team in 1992 & 1993; All-Area Times Herald 1st Team in 1992 & 1993; All-Montgomery County 1st Team in 1992 & 1993.  He was invited to play in the All-Star Labor Classic at St. Joseph University in 1993.

                                                                                                                                       

    Jeffrey S. Fiss, Class of 1996; he played football four years, 1992-1995.  As a freshman he played offensive guard and defensive tackle.  He was a three year letter winner playing varsity as an offensive guard and defensive tackle.  Football honors included:  1st Team All-Suburban One Conference offensive guard, 1994-1995; 1st Team All-Suburban One defensive tackle, 1994-1995; Montgomery County All-Star Team captain and defensive tackle, 1995; NAHS football team captain, 1995; 1st Team Times Herald  offensive/defensive lineman, 1994-1995; Blue Chip Magazine top high school recruiting selection, 1995; in 1996 he was the USAPL State Power lifting record holder, teenage division for bench press and total.

     

    James Ryan Wolfe, Class of 2001; he was a starting wrestler all four years of high school; he wrestled at weights of 103, 112, 119, and 125 pounds.  He had a high school career  record of 110 wins, 42 loses, and 36 falls.  His wrestling honors included:  Suburban One 1st Team in 1998, 1999 &2000; 2nd Team in 2001.  He was All-State Academic in 1999,2000 & 2001.  In 1998 he was named All-State. In 2001 he was named Academic All-American (NHSCA).  Other honors included:  2nd Team Times Herald 2001 All-Area; Honorable Mention All, Montgomery Publishing papers; 1st Team All-District Academic; in 2000 he was named 3rd Team All-Area, Philadelphia Inquirer and 1st Team All-District Academic.

    Kristina Moore Class of 2005; she played four years as a starter on the Lady Eagles softball team; she earned 4 varsity letters.  In 2005 she was named All-Suburban One 1st Team and All-Area 1st Team playing 3rd base.  Her senior year softball statistics included a batting average of.333, 6 extra base hit, 12 runs batted in and an on base percentage of .448.  She received the “N” Club MVP as a senior; she was named “Athlete of the Week” by The Times Herald.  In 2004 she was named 1st Team Suburban One League as a 3rd baseman.  She batted 417 along with 5 extra base hits.  She also won 5 games pitching for the Lady Eagles with 32 strike outs. 

     

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                Stephen A. Harner, class of 1973, serves as president of the Hall of Champions Association and will preside during the induction ceremony.

     

    Following the ceremony a public reception will be held in the high school cafeteria.