Members of the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame are those that have made a lasting impact on the school’s sports program as either student players, coaches, or supporters. Often the student players have continued to influence their chosen sports after high school by ongoing participation in athletics.
Don Haldane, 2006 Inductee
A gifted athlete, he Captained the Maroon basketball and baseball teams and also played football and soccer. The recipient of the Ridgewood High School Award For Excellence In Athletics for the Class of 1942 entered military service two months after graduation and tragically lost his life at age 20 as a Navy pilot in World War II. His athletic skills attracted college recruiters for football and the New York Giants for baseball.
He should have graduated with the Class of 1941 but complications from a broken leg sustained playing football his sophomore year held him back a year. He switched to soccer when he couldn’t play football in the fall of 1941. Don was an only child and was a Boy Scout as a youngster. He took his pre-flight training at Chapel Hill, where he again played football, Squantum, Massachusetts, and was commissioned in December of 1943 at Pensacola, Florida. Flying an F86 Hellcat out of Otis Field, Cape Cod, Mass., gave him frequent opportunities to come home on 24-hour passes. He died on July 3, 1944 when the aircraft he was ferrying went down in a storm near Callahan, Georgia, 35 miles west of Jacksonville, Florida. He is buried in 12 Park, Plot E1/2 1475, Grave 1 in Valleau Cemetery in Ridgewood.
John Marshall, Jim Bruni, Mark Romeo, Jean Hughes, Chris Van Note, Nancy Hogan, RHS Football Team 1913, Don Taylor, Rachel Grygiel, John Cerf, Paul Tornatore, Michele Marangi, RHS Boys’ Lacrosse 1990-92
Craig Halyard, Tom Flatt, Tricia Pappalardo, Mike Henderson, Kandie Latham, Leigh Jester, Tom Dusel, Roger Sweeney, Linda Zabielski, Patty Capasso, Dennis Sullivan, Nick & Dottie Capasso, Track and Field (Bain-Daley-Oliver Era)
Kitty Batterson, Henry Blauvelt, Frank L. Bradley, Jr., Lucia Cancelmo, Chris DuFlocq, Renee DuFlon, RHS Girls’ Basketball 1922-1923, Harry Grundy, Jim Jones, Joe LeMay, Jen McDermott, Shannon McGarrigle, Tony Napier, Margaret Niemann, Vince Robertiello (Jamie Roberts), Damian Ross, Mike Springer
Paul Arrigoni, Pete Campbell, Doug Cook, Becky Deetz, Otis Grendler, Jodi Hartwig, Gene Links, Debbie O’Connell, Aimee McGuire, Walt Perdue, Tom Simos, Kazbek Tambi, Jack Van Yperen, Bob Whitaker, Margaret Scutro