Hall of Fame – Gables High

  1. Carlson, Art (Class of 1967)– Is a Writer & Video Producer at Florida Municipal Electric Association.  Owner of Voice Beyond. A seven EMMY award winning reporter and video producer.
  2. Cepero, Eloy “Bill” (Class of 1964)- Left Cuba with his two brothers through the Methodist Church as part of “Operation Pedro Pan.”  Served the military service, commercial/ mortgage banker, host of radio and television shows.
  3. Clarke, Maxine – Founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop, a teddy-bear themed retail entertainment experience. In 2008, she was named one of The 25 Most Influential People in Retailing by Chain Store Age. In 2005, Build-a-Bear Workshop Portfolio was named Company of the year by the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. In 2017, Build-a-Bear Workshop was named to the FORTUNE Best Companies to Work For list for the ninth year in a row. In 2017, Maxine was named to the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame, and in 2015 was named one of the Women of the Year by the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation. She serves on many boards including Footlocker and Gymboree. In 2006, she published her first book, “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a company with Heart.”
  4. Colson, Dean (Class of 1971) -Graduated from Princeton. Mr. Colson is a past President of the Dade County Bar Association and a past member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.
  5. Colzie, Cornelius “Neil” (Class of 1971) (February 28, 1953 – August 19, 2001) was an American football defensive back for the Oakland Raiders (1975–1978), Miami Dolphins (1979), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1980–1983). He also played for the Orlando Renegades of the USFL in 1985.
  6. Decker, Gail Edwards (Class of 1966) – Is a retired American actress best known for her roles as Dot Higgins in ABC’s It’s a Living, Sharon Lemure in NBC’s Blossom, and Vicky Larson in ABC’s Full House.  In 1970, after graduating from the University of Miami, Cum Laude, Edwards wrote, produced, and starred in the off-Broadway musical Becoming. It won the Miami Herald Critics’ Choice award three times before the musical debuted in New York. While in New York, Edwards signed with the LeMond/Zetter Management Group. Soon afterwards, she landed the role of “Sandy” opposite Peter Gallagher in Broadway’s East Coast tour of Grease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Edwards
  7. Del Greco, Albert (Class of 1980) – Former American football placekicker, a current sports radio personality and high school coach in Birmingham, Alabama. Ranked #14 on the NFL’s list of all time leading scorers.
  8. Fox, Roberta (Class of 1961): Member of the Florida Legislature, she successfully litigated landmark cases in employment, personal injury and family .  She became a certified Mediator and Arbitrator in 2004.  She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the 1973 One of Ten Outstanding Young Women of America Award; the 1986 Florida Women Lawyers Association’s Judge Mattie Belle Davis Award for service; and the 1996 Women of Impact Award.
  9. Kerdyk, Tracy (Class of 1984): born March 5, 1966) is an American professional golfer who played on the LPGA Tour.
  10. Kotys, Nick: (April 3, 1913 – July 28, 2005) was an American football coach. At Coral Gables High School near Miami, Florida, he built one of the most dominating programs in Florida state history, winning FHSAA state titles in 1963, 1964, 1967 and 1968, and two mythical state championships before the playoff system was begun. Kotys also won four mythical national titles in 1956, 1964, 1967 and 1968. He retired in 1971 after 20 seasons as head coach of the Cavaliers with a 160-33-9 record.
  11. Labbie, Dr. Andrew (Class of 1976) – Owner of a Private company here in South Florida, holding some of the best surgeons, with revenues of up to a million dollars annually. In addition, he is the Chief of the Department of Surgery at  Miami Children’s Hospital. He specializes in Urology.
  12.  Ledue, William “Bill” – Beloved Band Director of CGHS “Band of Distinction.” He led generations of students in the pursuit of musical excellence on the field and in the concert hall. More importantly, he instilled in them honorable characteristics that could be applied across a lifetime: Discipline, commitment, preparation, cooperation, camaraderie, grace in victory and defeat, and all the while keeping a sense of humor and having fun. His bands travelled the world. They marched in national parades including the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Bill received many honors, including ASCAP “Music in Sports award for his work on the Orange Bowl Halftime shows. He was inducted into the Miami-Dade County Music Educators, Florida Music Educators, Coral Gables High School and Florida Bandmaster Association Halls of Fame. Bill was born in Whitinsville, Mass. and served in the Coast Guard Combat Unit in World War II. He passed away on September 2, 2011. He was 89.
  13. Lenoir, Benjamin William “Bill” (Class of 1957) (March 14, 1939-August 26, 2010). Bill was an electrical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He was backup science pilot for Skylab 3 and Skylab 4, the second and third manned missions in the Skylab program. During Skylab 4, he was co-leader of the visual observations project and coordinator between the flight crew and the principal investigators for the solar science experiments. Lenoir flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-5 (November 11-16, 1982), the first Space Shuttle flight to deploy commercial Satellites and logged over 122 hours in space.
  14. Lowell, Mike (Class of 1992)- is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. During a 13-year career, Lowell played for the New York Yankees (1998), Florida Marlins (1999–2005), and the Boston Red Sox (2006–2010).
  15. Martin, Dr. Randolph (Class of 1961): Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI) is pleased to welcome Randy Martin, M.D., well-known television health expert and cardiovascular specialist, to its family of physicians.  Dr. Martin joins PHI as director of clinical education and physician development, effective September 14, 2009.
  16. Mayer, Bob (Class of 1965) – Television journalist for more than four decades and anchor of the Today in South Florida morning news program on NBC6 for 40 years (now retired).
  17. Moore Jr., Ralph: For 16 years (1977-1993), Ralph Moore was, technically, principal of Coral Gables High School.
  18. Olkes, Alan T – has a long and distinguished career in education that spans more than 50 years. He was a principal at Coral Gables Senior High and was in charge of the music program. In addition to teaching and serving as a principal at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, he held a variety of senior-level positions in the curriculum, technology, and human resources departments of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools.  Alan co-founded Chancellor Academies in 1999. He served in a senior level capacity with Chancellor Beacon Academies and continues to do so with Imagine Schools as Executive Vice President over Texas.
  19. Ortega, Ralph (Class of 1971): (born July 6, 1953) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons in the 1970s and early 1980s. Ortega played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and the Miami Dolphins of the NFL.
  20. Reno, Janet (Class of 1956)- Former Attorney General of the United States (1993–2001).[1] She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on February 11, 1993, and confirmed on March 11. She was the first female Attorney General and the second longest serving Attorney General after William Wirt.
  21. Rodrigues, Beverly Conuts (Class of 1971)- News Anchor, one of the 1st Black graduates. Director of Black Models Network.
  22. Sadowski, William (Class of 1962)- Managing Director, Head of Municipal Underwriting Syndicate Desk. Responsible for Loop Capital’s Municipal Underwriting Syndicate Desk. With over 25 years experience in the municipal market, Mr. Sadowski brings the firm and its clients extensive expertise including analytical and technical support, pricing, refunding analysis and debt structuring. Prior to joining Loop Capital, he spent over two decades at PaineWebber as Manager of their Municipal Underwriting Department. He has also held senior positions at Cowen and Reinoso & Co. and John Nuveen and Company, where he was Manager of the Bond Department.
  23. Scott, Winston E. (Class of 1968)- Astronaut who launched Endeavour (January 11-20, 1996) was a 9-day flight during which the crew retrieved the Space Flyer Unit satellite (launched from Japan 10-months earlier), deployed and retrieved the OAST-Flyer satellite, and conducted two spacewalks. Also part of the Navy for many years. Became the executive director of the Florida Space Authority and in September 2006 he became Vice President and Deputy General Manager of the engineering and science contract group for Jacobs Engineering in Houston, Texas.
  24. Silver, Jeffrey (Class of 1973) – Has produced over 30 feature films through his production company Biscayne Pictures, and his partnership with Outlaw Productions. Silver’s most recent picture is “Tron: Legacy.” Some of his other films include “Training Day,” and the “Santa Clause.”
  25.  Stokes,Roberta Boyce (Class of 1957)- On the Orange Bowl committee and was an Honoree for the ITCOX Pioneer Award in 1992.
  26.  Sutton, Rear Admiral Robert (Class of 1959)- served as a Surface Warfare Officer for 34 years, serving on seven ships and commanding two of them.
  27. Tinker, Gerald (Class of 1969) – Former American athlete and American football player, winner of gold medal in the 4 x 100 meters relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics. After the Olympics, Tinker was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 1974 NFL Draft as wide receiver. He played for the Falcons (1974–1975) and the Green Bay Packers (1975).
  28. Valdes, Frank Mercado Valdes (Class of 1980) – Founded a black television syndication, the African Heritage Network, a television sales, distribution, and marketing company. He was alone and intimidated by the white students who harassed him on a daily basis, and he gave up trying to compete academically. However, he did become very good with his fists, and by the ninth grade, his fighting skills were so good that he considered a boxing career. Although he did not go on to make a career of boxing, he earned several Florida Golden Glove championships when he was in high school. His grades continued to suffer, and when he finished high school in 1980, he was at the bottom of the graduating class. Mercado-Valdes joined the military, the U.S. Marine Corp, and served a two year stint. When he was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1982, he enrolled at Miami-Dade Junior College and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree. He subsequently matriculated at the University of Miami, receiving a degree in political science from that institution. While at the University of Miami, Mercado-Valdes began toying with an entrepreneurial idea that would change his life in ways he had never dreamed.1980 – Founded a black television syndication, the African Heritage Network, a television sales, distribution, and marketing company. He was alone and intimidated by the white students who harassed him on a daily basis, and he gave up trying to compete academically. However, he did become very good with his fists, and by the ninth grade, his fighting skills were so good that he considered a boxing career. Although he did not go on to make a career of boxing, he earned several Florida Golden Glove championships when he was in high school. His grades continued to suffer, and when he finished high school in 1980, he was at the bottom of the graduating class. Mercado-Valdes joined the military, the U.S. Marine Corp, and served a two year stint. When he was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1982, he enrolled at Miami-Dade Junior College and graduated with an Associate in Arts degree. He subsequently matriculated at the University of Miami, receiving a degree in political science from that institution. While at the University of Miami, Mercado-Valdes began toying with an entrepreneurial idea that would change his life in ways he had never dreamed.
  29. Ventulett II, Thomas (Class of 1953)- One of the founding principals of Thompson, Ventulett Stainback & Associates, Inc., Tom Ventulett is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors. Since the firm’s inception in 1968, TVS has been honored with over 200 design awards including a National AIA Honor Award for McCormick Place in Chicago and Honor Award – Urban Design for the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
  30. Winston, George (Class of 1967)- American musician and pianist, was first recorded by John Fahey for Fahey’s Takoma Records. Winston’s 2002 album Night Divides the Day – The Music of the Doors took the music of the 1960s band The Doors and transformed it into solo pianos.
  31. Wolin, John (Class of 1965) – Wolin was a reporter and editor at the Miami Herald for 21 years. Scholarship was created in his memory for aspiring journalists.
  32. Woodward, William “Woody” (Class of 1960)-(born September 23, 1942, in Miami, Florida) is a retired player and general manager in Major League Baseball. Woodward played college baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles. He played for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1963–1968) and the Cincinnati Reds (1968–1971). A shortstop and second baseman, Woodward appeared in 880 games played, garnering 517 hits. He hit for a .236 batting average with one home run and 148 runs batted in.
  33. Zweig, Martin E. (Class of 1960)- (born 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American stock investor, investment advisor, and financial analyst. He is, according to Forbes Magazine renowned for his eccentric and lavish lifestyle” as well having the most expensive residence in the United States. It was listed on the New York City real estate market a few years ago for $70 million.[1][2] His particular investing methodology is based on selecting growth stocks that also have certain value characteristics, through a system that uses both fundamental analysis and market timing.
  34. Zwilch, Ellen Taaffe (Class of 1956) – American composer, the first female composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music among of her recognitions are the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Chamber Music Prize, the Arturo Toscanini Music Critics Award, the Ernst von Dohnányi Citation, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, 4 Grammy nominations, the Alfred I. Dupont Award, Miami Performing Arts Center Award, the Medaglia d’oro in the J.B. Viotti Competition, and the NPR and WNYC Gotham Award for her contributions to the musical life of New York City. Among other distinctions, Ms. Zwilich has been elected to the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.