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ACPS Announces 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

ACPS Announces 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

The 2024 Athletic Hall of Fame (AHOF) nominees were finalized at the June 6, 2024, Alexandria City School Board meeting. Each year, the School Board honors a select number of graduates, coaches and contributors with induction into the ACPS Athletic Hall of Fame. The AHOF Advisory Committee recommends inductees nominated by the public. The athletes, teams and supporters will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 12, 2024, at 2 p.m.

The 2024 AHOF nominees are:

  • The 1956 George Washington High School Boys Crew Team.
  • The 2008 T.C. Williams High School Boys Basketball Team.
  • Lawrence “Lucky” Elliott, Parker-Gray High School Class of 1962, Coach, Mentor, Department of Recreation.
  • Mark Farkas, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1979, Tennis.
  • Erin Fitch, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1992, Crew.
  • Alexus Foreman, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2016, Track & Field.
  • Iye Massaquoi, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2015, Track & Field.
  • Charles Price, Parker-Gray High School Class of 1941, Football, Basketball, Track.
  • Arnie Russell, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1980, Basketball.
  • Danielle Thorne, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2009, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer.
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1956 George Washington High School Boys Crew Team

Coaching legends Julian Whitestone and Jack Franklin, both of whom founded the crew program at George Washington High School in 1947, led the Varsity 8 in 1956 to victories in both the Stotesbury Cup in Philadelphia and Nationals in Poughkeepsie, New York. A rare double win of the two most prestigious races in the country for high school rowing solidified this team’s status as one of the greatest ever from ACPS.

2008 T.C. Williams High School State Championship Boys Basketball Team

Led by Coach Ivan Thomas, this team capped off a 29-3 season with a resounding defeat of the previously unbeaten Bethel High School before a sellout crowd at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Virginia. The first state championship for the Titans in 31 years marked the pinnacle of an incredible three-year run for the team that included an overall record of 78 wins and 11 losses and 52 consecutive wins with no losses in the Patriot District.

Lawrence “Lucky” Elliott, Parker-Gray High School Class of 1962, Coach, Mentor, Department of Recreation

A coach, mentor, youth sports coordinator and founder of the Alexandria Boxing Club, Lawrence “Lucky” Elliott has been recognized and honored by the City of Alexandria, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Activities, local ministries, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and many others for his four-decade career and impact on thousands of youth.

Mark Farkas, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1979, Tennis

A top tennis player for T.C. Williams High School between 1975 and 1979, Mark Farkas continues to contribute to the community through his work in the media field. A high school career that included an overall record of 31-3 and Northern District Championships in both singles and doubles culminated in 1979, with a place on the Washington Post All Met team. Farkas continued playing at The College of William & Mary, where his studies led to a Peabody Award-winning career in journalism for his work at C-SPAN, documentaries for PBS and guest speaking engagements with journalism students.

Erin Fitch, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1992, Crew

An athlete, coach, teacher and advocate for students, Erin Fitch represents the very best of ACPS. As a member of the crew team, Fitch won Virginia, National and Canadian National Championships. An accomplished tennis and basketball player as well, Fitch went on to Beloit College before returning to Alexandria. A coach for ten years and a respected teacher of English for decades, she is a fearless advocate. As the sponsor of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Fitch has made it her mission to welcome and support all students. 

Alexus Foreman, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2016, Track & Field

As a Patriot District, Northern Region and Virginia State champion, Alexus Foreman excelled at both the discus and shot put for T.C. Williams High School. Named the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club Athlete of the Year in 2015, she recorded personal bests of 130 feet, 8 inches in the discus and 43 feet, 11 inches in the shot put during high school. Foreman went on to compete at Charleston Southern University, placing in both events at the Big South Conference Championships. 

Iye Massaquoi, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2015, Track & Field

Iye Massaquoi focused her efforts on the discus at the high school level, resulting in her beating the Virginia State record three times. As a Patriot District, Northern Region and Virginia State champion, Massaquoi excelled as an athlete and student for T.C. Williams High School. She continued her athletic and academic career at North Carolina State University before landing a position at the Art of Problem Solving, supporting students enrolled in math and science courses.

Charles Price, Parker-Gray High School Class of 1941, Football, Basketball, Track

A three-sport athlete and member of multiple Halls of Fame, Charles “Bruiser” Price had an impact both on and off the field. As an outstanding athlete at Parker-Gray High School, he earned a scholarship to Virginia State University where he excelled in football as well as track and field before a brief career as a professional player. Off the field, he broke barriers to become the first African American head coach and administrator post integration in Fairfax County. A proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi, his contributions to the community extended well into retirement.

Arnie Russell, T.C. Williams High School Class of 1980, Basketball

An All-Met basketball player in 1980, Arnie Russell earned countless honors at the high school level including being the leading scorer in the McDonald’s Capital Classic, a showcase for the best players in the country. At Iona College, he led the team to two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)  tournament appearances before playing professionally in Sweden. Russell advocates for his community by coaching youth basketball and participating in the Capital Youth Empowerment Program and “Get Out the Vote” campaigns.

Danielle Thorne, T.C. Williams High School Class of 2009, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer

A three-sport star, Danielle Thorne exhibited leadership skills as a captain and most valuable player on every team for which she competed at the high school level. She continued her volleyball career at the collegiate level for St. Mary’s College in Maryland, earning All Academic team, second team All-Capital Athletic Conference and Conference Player of the Week honors. Returning to ACPS as a math teacher and coach, Thorne led the Titans to an overall record of 32-2 and a Virginia State championship in volleyball during her first year as head coach in 2022 and winning several Coach of the Year honors along the way.

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  • Alexandria City School Board