Thursday, September 28, 2023

Hall of Fame 2019

ALAN CLACK, Class of 1986

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  • Swimmer – Swam solo across the English Channel in eleven and a half hours, 2012; US Embassy – Swim Coach; Emory University –
  • All-American honors and captain
  • Private equity advisor, Entrepreneur – Site leader of Garmin Canada office; managed start-ups; joined Russian entrepreneurs in starting what is now the largest head-hunting firm in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Pilot – First non-Russian to earn a Russian private pilot’s license
  • B.S., Business – Emory University; MBA – Wharton School; M.S., International Studies – Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania

Chamblee High School: Swimming, Spirit Leader

COLEMAN COLLINS, Class of 2003

  • Professional Basketball Player, 8 years:  Germany, France Bosnia, Ukraine, Bahrain, 2007 -2015
  • Star Basketball player at Virginia Tech: 1,141 points scored, All-ACC Academic Team, 2003 -2007
  • Published writer, appearing in Huffington Post, ESPN, and Virginia Tech Newspaper
  • Actor, film “Ourobouros”, selected for the 2017 Whitney Biennial, screened at London Film Festival
  • Photographer’s Assistant in Paris to fashion photographer Coco Neuville
  • Interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, installation, and film – has exhibited in Los Angeles and New York.  2019 Participant – Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program
  • B.A., Film & Media Theory – Virginia Tech University; Masters, Education – Virginia Tech; Master of Fine Arts, New Genres – University of California, Los Angeles

Chamblee High SchoolBasketball, Track, MVP of Georgia – Florida All-Star Basketball Game, National Merit, National Achievement Scholar Finalist


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  • DeKalb County Schools English Teacher, 35 years; Chamblee
  • Charter High School, 1994 –2006
  • Advisor, Nationally recognized Etcetera Literary Magazine and Amnesty International/Human Rights Club
  • S.T.A.R. teacher – 1976, 1977,1985, 1996, 2004
  • Teacher of the Year, 1972, 1987, 1994
  • Award winning Poet, Edwin Davin Vickers Award and Byron Herbert Reese International Award
  • B.A., English – Samford University; M.A., English – Georgia State University; Ed.S., English Education – Georgia State University; Ph.D., English Literature – Emory University

SHELLEY McKINNEY, Class of 1970

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  • Trailblazer for women in the Armed Forces
  • One of the first women jet engine mechanics in the United States Air Force, 1973 –1977
  • Awarded Aerospace Defense Command First Term Airman, 1975
  • Awarded Air Defense Weapons Center First Term Airman of the Quarter, 1976.
  • Chief Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator, 35 years – Florida State Government
  • Dedicated her life to helping troubled teens
  • B.A., Psychology – West Florida University

Chamblee High SchoolBasketball, Drama and Chorus


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  • Business Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
  • Co-Founder and owner of Pike Nurseries, one of the largest chains of garden centers in the United States
  • Funded the refurbishing of chapels at DeKalb Medical Center in Decatur and Lithonia. 
  • Pillar of the community – strong supporter of American Heart Association, Zoo Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s Ronald McDonald House, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Chamblee High School- Dramatic Club, Future Homemakers of America, Basketball, Commercial Club, Glee Club


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  • Assistant Principal, Social Studies and English teacher, 1981 – 1996
  • Basketball and Track Coach, 1981 – 1996
  • Interpersonal Relations Club Sponsor
  • Principal at Pine Ridge Elementary School, Flat Shoals Elementary School and Wynnbrooke Elementary School
  • Pastor of Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 2004 – present
  • B.S., Social Studies – Lincoln University of Missouri; M.Ed., Secondary Education – Atlanta University; Educational Leadership/Supervision – Jacksonville State University; Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Supervision – Clark Atlanta University; Certificate of Theology – Interdenominational Theological Center