Lake Oswegan Alfred D. "Al" Calabria has been notified that he is one of six people to be inducted into the Edgewood High (Maryland) Hall of Fame during the ninth-annual induction ceremony taking place in October 2019.
The event will feature a day-long series of activities honoring the six who will join the current 62 individuals and one family who have been inducted during the first eight years of the program. The activities begin with a morning induction ceremony, followed by tours of the Edgewood High building, a luncheon honoring existing and newly inducted members, introduction of the 2019 HOF members at the school's Fall pep rally, participation of the new inductees in the homecoming parade, tailgate activities sponsored by the EHS Alumni Association, and concludes with introduction of all Hall of Famers present prior to the night's homecoming football game versus Havre de Grace.
To be inducted along with Calabria are Gina Austin Abate (Class of 1973), Raymond W. "Chick" Hamm, Jr. (Class of 1978), Patrick A. "Pat" Pollard (Class of 1983), and John Schaech (Class of 1987); along with Joseph A. "Joe" Schmitz, former EHS teacher, assistant principal and principal.
"The Hall of Fame is an ideal partnership between the school and the community it serves," said EHS Principal Kilo C. Mack. "As a school, we are so proud of each of those who have been inducted over the past eight years, and the six that will be inducted this year provide additional outstanding role models for our students, staff and the community."
Mack added that the quality of the 2019 inductees, their achievements and their service to the communities they represent is striking.
"From a former staff member who gave up a career in law to be a teacher and later an administrator, to alumni who left Edgewood High to make their mark in the military, in business, in the academic world, and on stage and screen — these are remarkable people," he said.
Edgewood High School celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2004. School administration and alumni members established the Hall of Fame program in 2011 as a way to honor alumni of the school for their contributions to their communities and to the school. Hall of Fame inductees serve as role models for students.
"I was inspired by my teachers and principals while at Edgewood," Calabria said. "I remember thinking 'I want to be like that.'"
Charles Marzen was a teacher and coach who inspired him a great deal.
"He was my English teacher and JV basketball coach and varsity baseball coach," Calabria said. "Then the principal asked him to lead the school district's guidance counsellors in developing a program to get more kids to college. He was basically the architect of that program." Marzen has been honored multiple times for his contributions.
"He has influenced thousands of students," Calabria said. "I looked up to him, and that's what we (inductees) aim to be, advocates for the students."
Calabria had an outstanding record as a student athlete at Edgewood High; he was president of the National Honor Society and the junior class, and was chosen to attend the University of Bridgeport to study physics between his junior and senior years on scholarship from the National Science Foundation. He played varsity baseball, where he was captain his senior year; football, where he was a two-year defensive captain; and basketball. He was a member of the first Harford All-Star baseball team and was awarded the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame award as a senior, representing EHS at the state convocation.
At Drexel University he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and played varsity baseball for four years, while serving as class president for four years.
He earned a master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.
Calabria started his career with ARMCO Steel. According to a release from EHS, from 1990 to 2012 he was a senior leader with major corporations in the United States and abroad, earning prestigious achievement awards for himself and the companies for which he worked. He spent six years as a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 and other for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition he served as adjunct professor of leadership and management at Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Houston. Among his charitable associations, he was worked with the American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and Meals on Wheels; as well as being active in church leadership and youth and high school sports in Houston and Oregon.
In semi-retirement Calabria has become more involved with nonprofit boards and public service including city government in Lake Oswego.
Calabria says Edgewood is a small town, and through the efforts of the alumni association and school administration it is now one of the top 10 high schools in the county, and offers students access to the International Baccalaureate program.
"I'm really impressed with the athletes and students at the school," he said. "The school has really gone beyond its humble beginnings."
Calabria keeps in contact with many members of the alumni association and is looking forward to the festivities honoring him in October.
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