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.
Mario Ferraro, 2006 Inductee
When Mario Ferraro died in March of 2002 at age 74 after an illness, the headline on page one of The Ridgewood News read, “Ridgewood man had 2 passions: family and football – Village mourns Mario Ferraro.” A gridiron Co-captain and All-State lineman for the Maroons, he remained devoted to the sport for the rest of his life.
He was nicknamed “The Mole,” because of his small statute, but he surprised opponents with his drive and tenacity. Dr. Mario Ferraro was a well-known dentist in Ridgewood since 1954 and an orthodontist since 1959, until his retirement in 1994. He was the dentist of several of the Hall of Fame honorees. He continued his association with RHS football as a member of the Ridgewood Junior Football Association and the Ridgewood High School Football Scholarship Committee. He also photographed and filmed RHS football games for several years. Mario and Betty, his wife of 50 years, had six children. Paul, Pete, Chris and Mario all toiled on the gridiron for RHS. Michael was a standout performer at Paramus Catholic and Mary was a RHS cheerleader.
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