Julius Campbell, a key member of the 1971 Virginia High School League State Championship team whose win and collaboration inspired Disney to immortalize Alexandria’s story of desegregation, has been nominated as one of ten star athletes, coaches and a team for the next ACPS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Campbell will be honored posthumously — 48 years after he took the actions that created heroes out of T.C. Williams’ football team — following his death in January this year. He will be honored alongside T.C. Williams basketball players Cavanaugh Hagen, Frank Holloway and Glenn Williams, as well as Walter Densmore, Sr. of the George Washington High School Class of 1957, and the entire 1957 Parker-Gray High School Boys Basketball Team. Parker-Gray High School Basketball Coach Arnold Thurmond was also nominated.
Track is the other sport lauded by the Athletic Hall of Fame, with Samella Koroma from the T.C. Williams Class of 2007, Tanya Galloway from the Class of 1988, and Ricky Garcia from the Class of 1979 nominated for the honor.
These athletes represent our Titan spirit and have demonstrated first-hand not only great determination but also the values for which T.C. Williams stands,” said ACPS Director of Athletics and Student Activities James Parker.
Each year, the Alexandria City School Board’s Athletic Hall of Fame Advisory Committee reviews community nominations of deserving high school athletes, teams, coaches and non-athlete contributors for inclusion in the ACPS Athletic Hall of Fame. Nominees are selected based on their athletic accomplishments in high school, college and beyond, as well as their impact or contribution to the community at large.
Frank Holloway, T.C. Williams High School, Class of 1977, Basketball
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If accepted by the School Board, the nominees will be inducted at the ACPS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 4, 2019 during T.C. Williams High School’s Homecoming weekend. Since the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, ACPS has seen 51 inducted. The Athletic Hall of Fame memorializes outstanding student athletes and aims to inspire current students to strive for excellence.