Faculty Hall of Fame

Teachers can make a life-long impact upon their students. This is especially the case at Central where many unique individuals have served on the faculty. Central alumni and alumnae for years after graduating recall the erudition, idiosyncrasies, and lessons taught by these teachers, and realize how important they were in shaping our personal and intellectual development.

The generosity of the 199th class made it possible for the Associated Alumni to institute a Faculty Hall of Fame to honor the faculty’s finest. Created in 1989, the Faculty Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the school, outside of the cafeteria. Each plaque contains a portrait of the honoree and a note of recognition. Presently, 32 faculty members have been honored in this manner.

The AACHS Faculty Hall of Fame committee meets periodically to discuss recommendations for induction. Recommendations are sought from graduates. Please send details to the alumni office via mail to AACHS, P.O. Box 26580, Philadelphia, PA 19141-6580 or e-mail to alumnioffice@centralhighalumni.com.

The Current Members of the CHS Faculty Hall of Fame

Charles A. BareutherScience/History
Berton BarskyEnglish
Harry BorisScience
Milton BrooksMathematics
William BrooksChemistry
Rose ConwayGuidance
William M. Disharoon (133)English
Dale DonnellyESL
Dennis ErlickScience/MG
Sydney A. Farbish (109)English
Frederick J. GillArt
James GilmoreEnglish
Thaddeus GoreckiFrench
Frank Greco (228)Health & Physical Education
Mme. Merrill HakimFrench, Hebrew, Italian
Gerald C. HammEnglish
Lucille HamillHistory
Patricia HansburyHistory
Bernard HarmonArt
E. Rowland HillMathematics
Edwin Houston (43)Civil Engineering
Karen KreiderSocial Studies
Benjamin Franklin Lacy (81)Science
Elliot LesterEnglish
Joseph McCloskeyEnglish
Arthur McNallyPhysical Education
John MulloyHistory
Joseph Ostrow (132)Music
Joseph W. PennypackerEnglish
Francois T. RaskaFrench
Irving RotmanEnglish
Robert Sanders (180)English
Oscar R. SandstromLatin
Sandy SchwartzMathematics
Albert Henry Smyth (78)English
Bernard WarshawMathematics
Stephen WilenskyMusic

Inducted Faculty 3/20/18

  • Edwin Houston (43) Ph.D, founded the General Electric Company with Elihu Thomson (55) and Thomas Edison
  • Frank Greco (228) first person to coach a Girl’s athletic team at Central
  • Mme. Merrill Hakim (deceased 2018) the only teacher to have taught three different languages in the same year
  • John Mulloy beloved History teacher and lecturer on Ecumenical subjects
  • Ms. Sandy Schwartz described by CHS 13th President, Sheldon Pavel as “Math Teacher Extraordinaire”
  • Stephen Wilensky Music teacher who developed curricula and organized student performances worldwide