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FWISD Welcomes Six New Members to the Wall of Fame

Fort Worth ISD welcomed six especially accomplished alumni to its Wall of Fame on Monday, June 17, 2019. Five of the six men and women were in attendance, including a flight director who helped bring Apollo 13 back to earth safely and a Broadway star who brings down the house nightly.walloffame1

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner hosted the event, which you can watch in its entirety at:

The six new members of the Wall of Fame are:

  • Major Attaway(Arlington Heights HS, 2005) Plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway and on the North American tour; voice talent for commercials and video games; awarded the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Medal of Illumination
  • Emily Holt Crocker (Eastern Hills HS, 1968) – Composer of more than 200 choral works; author of choral textbooks; founder/Music Director Emeritus of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir; former vice president of Hal Leonard music publishers; University of North Texas College of Music’s Honored Alumna, 2009
  • Gerald Griffin (Arlington Heights HS, 1952) – Former director of the Johnson Space Center; former deputy director of the Kennedy Space Center; a flight director for all Apollo manned missions; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; technical advisor on the film Apollo 13
  • Opal Lee (I.M. Terrell HS, 1943) – Chair of Juneteenth Fort Worth; founding member of the Community Food Bank; organizer of Opal’s Walk 2 DC; co-founder of Citizens Concerned with Human Dignity; board member of Habitat for Humanity and Unity Unlimited; visionary behind Opal’s Farm
  • Dewey Redman (I.M. Terrell HS, 1949; deceased) – Jazz saxophonist and bandleader; subject of the 2001 documentary Dewey Time; performed with Ornette Coleman and featured on Melody Maker’s 1978 Jazz Album of the Yearwallofame2
  • Burl Yarbrough (Western Hills HS, 1975) – Longtime president of the San Antonio Missions Triple-A baseball club; four-time Texas League Executive of the Year; winner of six Texas League Championships; named to the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2016

The Wall of Fame is located at the Fort Worth ISD administration building at 100 N. University Drive in Fort Worth. 

View more photos from the ceremony here


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