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.
Tom Hopper, 2006 Inductee
Tom Hopper moved from Illinois to Ridgewood in 1945 and brought the one-hand jump shot with him. It was the day of the set shot and new to New Jersey hoops. and coach Charlie Yennie said he introduced it to Garden State scholastic basketball. He scored 735 points over the 1948-49-50 seasons, was named All-County twice and selected on the All-State Third Team his senior season.
He also played soccer for the Maroons, and Yennie coached him in both sports. After three years in the Marines, he went to North Carolina State and played three varsity seasons on the hardwood there. He began a career in the textile business after graduating in 1950 and spent two years in Spartanburg, S.C., before moving north to Glen Rock from 1961 to 1969. Then he went back south and has been in Atlanta ever since. The 73-year old worked for the Milliken Company, a major textile manufacturer, for 17 years. He started his own business in 1972 and spent 26 years on his own before retiring. Tom and his wife Jan have four grown children.
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