Our inaugural Hall of Fame inductions will take place as part of Graduation on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM. This year, four (4) individuals will be inducted during the
school’s graduation ceremony.
The ELCS Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have
made a significant impact on the school or who have achieved outstanding
contributions to society as a graduate of ELCS.
The 2015 Inductees are:
H. “CHARLIE” MARTIN (posthumous)
The late Charles H. Martin served on the ELCS Board of
Education, elected to a five-year term from 1982-1987, was widely known for his
teamwork and respect for fellow Board members.
Former fellow Board members recall Charlie Martin’s devotion and
dedication to the School Board, highlighted by his careful consideration to all
discussions and decisions.
Charlie Martin left a profound mark on the Elizabethtown-Lewis
Central School community, guided by a strong belief to give back to the
community that accepted him and his family upon moving to the town of Lewis in
1969. Charlie Martin also volunteered
for numerous years with the Elizabethtown-Lewis Youth Commission, Cub Scouts, Lewis
Volunteer Fire Department, Elizabethtown-Lewis Rescue Squad, and Lewis Town
Council – broadly influencing the school community in numerous positive ways.
R. “COACH” HUNTLEY
Don “Coach” Huntley is a retired ELCS teacher, coach,
and Athletic Director serving the school community for 33 years before his
retirement in 1998. Don Huntley represented
himself and the district as a true professional, and still does today, visiting
and assisting custodians while also facilitating the district’s annual budget
vote. A longtime physical education teacher, coach, and
athletic director enabled Coach Huntley to form positive and lasting
relationships with students and families.
Coach Huntley also held the position of Dean of Discipline, working to
teach life lessons beyond the classroom with students.
H. “ERNIE” LAPINE
Ernie LaPine retired from Elizabethtown-Lewis Central
School in June of 1998 after a distinguished service career of 29 years. Ernie LaPine served in multiple capacities in
addition to his regular teaching duties, such as Chairperson for CSE, Internal
Auditor, Director of Transportation, coach, and multiple building-wide
committees. Characterized as a team player and a community-minded
citizen, Ernie LaPine is described consistently by many as a consummate
professional, kind and giving person to his students, athletes, community and
family. Ernie LaPine’s relationships
formed at ELCS are long-lasting.
W. LAWRENCE, JR. (posthumously)
The late Richard W. Lawrence, Jr. served on the ELCS
Board of Education shortly after he moved to Elizabethtown in 1947. Richard Lawrence is widely known for interest
and passion for both education and the environment; the North County widely
benefited, and still does today, from the life and work of Richard Lawrence.
Dick Lawrence also served as chairman of the College
Council of Plattsburgh State, as founder of the Council of Councils of NY State
Universities and as past chairman of North Country Community College. He served
as president of the Crary Foundation in Elizabethtown from 1973 until his
retirement in 2000. This organization, which he helped found, provides
scholarships for Adirondack students to pursue higher education. He served as a
trustee of the Elizabethtown library and was founder of the state’s first
multi-county library association, the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library
Mr. Lawrence was also founder of the Essex County
Historical Society and served for many years as a trustee of the New York State
Historical Association. His interest in the environment and conservation led to
his appointment by Governor Rockefeller, in 1971, as first chairman of the
Adirondack Park Agency. He stepped down from that position in 1975, but continued
for many years to serve on the boards of the Association for the Protection of
the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Council, the New York Parks and Conservation
Association and the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.
Mr. Lawrence is remembered as a man of humor and
intellect who had a visionary and stubborn dedication to the creation of
educational opportunities and the protection of the environment.