Inductees - 2012

Kelvin Anderson 1979
Lifetime Acheivement Award
Kelvin Anderson was a 1979 graduate of Hartford Public High School.  In high school he was friendly, outgoing, and a great classmate.  He was on the cross country team and was president of the school's student council. 
He was also a talented and up and coming amateur boxer, in the long tradition of outstanding boxers that have come out of Hartford.    He was a member of the United States Olympic boxing team in 1980.  He fought all over the world, including Cuba, the Soviet Union,  Scandanavia, and Poland.  He fought as a light heavyweight and as a heavyweight.  He had two memorable fights with Cuban great Teofolo Stevenson,  losing close decisions.  He won the National Sports festival in August of 1979.   Many of his fights were televised.  He was on his way to becoming a very successful professional. 
Kelvin Anderson died tragically in a plane crash on a flight to Warsaw Poland with the USA Boxing Team on March 14, 1980.   He was 19 years old, 86 others perished in the flight as well. 
The Kelvin Anderson Community Center was later named in his honor. 
Greg Bartlett 1993
Greg Bartlett, class of 1993, was one of the outstanding running backs in Hartford Public's proud football program.
He was a star on the 1992 CCC East Champions that finished 8-2 under coach Jack LaPlante.  That team just missed the CIAC Playoffs finishing third in the Class LL rankings.  His quick acceleration as a running back helped Greg become (at the time) the HPHS all-time single season rushing leader.  He once scored six TD's in a game.   Greg was All-CCC as a running back for to years and All-State his senior year in 1992.  He was captain of the successful 1992 team. 
Greg attened Boston College where he played on the football team.  After graduation he came back to Hartford for a time to teach and coach in the system. 
Tavarr Closs 1993
Football and Basketball
Tavarr Closs was a 1993 graduate of Hartford Public.  He played both football and basketball.   He was All CCC in 1992 helping HPHS to the conference crown.  He was on the 1993 basketball team that won the Class LL title and went 27-0.  
At Uconn he was an All-American tackle.  He was selected to play in the annual East-West all star game that featured the best players in the country.  He was selected to the All-Atlantic 10\Yankee Conference all star team for two consecutuve years. 
When Uconn celebrated 100 years of football, Tavarr was named to the All-Time team at Uconn. 
John "Johnny" Dione 1937
Football, Basketball, and Baseball
John Dione, class of 1937, was a tremendous three sport star athlete; He played football, basketball, and baseball. 
Highly regarded as a baseball player he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938.  He also played with other professional baseball teams including the Hartford Laurels, The Hartford Chiefs (a Braves affiliate), and the Savitt Gems.  He also played in the Hartford Twilight League in the 1940's and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1982.  Numerous articles from the Hartford Courant, the Hartford Times, and the HPHS Owlet, tell of John Dionne's extraordinary athletic achievements.  Harold Ogden of the Hartford Times provides credence of Dionne's slendid stature as a ball player.  The article mentions the signing of Dionne by the Hartford Laurels business manager, Harry Blossfield.  The article by Ogden also recalls Detroit's Heinee Manush's former American League batting champ in 1926 (.377) new assignment as manager of the Eastern League's Scranton team.   John Dione played with other greats at HPHS including Frankie Klimas, Frank Leonard, Joe Kazlauskas, and Fred Domke. 
During the 1937 basketball season, John Dionne scored 125 points, second only to sharp shooter Frank Leonard's 137.  According to a news article, the 1937 team was the first HPHS basketball team to ever qualify for the CIAC State Tournament, slated to play Bristol.  That team finished 12-6 winning the City title.  John made All-City in basketball along with teammate Frank Leonard.  He was also named baseball captain and president of the HPHS athletic association. 
During 1937 training with the Cambridge, Maryland Cardinal affilliate Dionne batted .450.  Lefty Pete Naktenis also a HPHS Hall of Famer, was throwing his blazing fastball then with Albany of the Eastern League, and Hartford Public's George Woodend had signed as a pitcher with Williamsport.  The conclusion of the news writers was that John Dionne was one of the best catchers that Hartford ever produced and was also good with the willow. 
Aaron Fisher 1990
Aaron Fisher, class of 1990, was a multi-talented athlete who captained the football squad coached by Jack LaPlante.  When asked about Fisher LaPlante commented "Aaron Fisher does everything you ask him to do: run, pass, catch, kick, block and tackle'.  Ian Schnading, a Hartford journalist, qoted Coach LaPlante who said "Aaron Fisher is one of the best athletes in the state;  In the annual Thanksgiving Day Game, Aaron earned the MVP award by rushing for 2 Tds, passing for one, while rushing for over 170 yards.  He rushed for nearly 1500 yards that season.  He accomplished this even though opposing teams "keyed" on him much of the season.  When asked what kept him focused Aaron replied "My family has been my biggest supporter and source of encouragement, especially my mother who would congratulate after each game and tell me to keep it going".
Aaron made All-State as a running back that year.  He had previously been selected to the CCC East All-Conference team for both offense and defense, three years in a row. 
Prior to choosing to play football in high school, Aaron was considered to be one of the most talented U14 soccer players in the state.  He had been selected as an All-State AAU (under 14) soccer player. 
After graduation, Aaron went to play football and star at the junior college level in Arizona and later at Southwest Louisiana State and then Weber State as a running back. 
John V. Macauley 1948
John V. Maccauley had his high school years interrupted by the service, serving in the Army in 1946 and 1947,  finally graduating in 1948. 
John was a star swimmer, a member of the 1946 State Championship team.  In the state meet he won the 100 yard backstroke and placed second in the 220 yard freestyle.  His efforts contributed to yet another state championship for the Larry Amann led swimming teams.   In the 1948 State Meet he placed second in the 150 yard medley.   He won the AAU 100 meter backstroke in both 1949 and 1950. 
John Macauley went on to Boston University, on the swimming teams 1952 and 1953,  graduating in 1953. 
While at HPHS he was a member of the Athletic Association Senior Boys Club, HPHS Orchestra, School Band, Monogram Club, and was the Reception Usher.  He also was awarded the HPHS Sweater Award for CIAC Swimming. 
He now resides in California.   
Earl B. Middleton Jr. 1989
Earl B. Middleton Jr. class of 1989, was a star swimmer at HPHS. 
He was an All-State swimmer in 1988 and 1989 coached by Albert Mulcahey. He won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1989 and is probably the last inner city swimmer to win a CIAC state swimming championship.  At HPHS he was the Most Valubable swimmer four years in a row, 1986, 87, 88 and 89.
In 1989 his 6th place finish in the CIAC State Open 100 Yard breaststroke placed him in the National High School (NISCA) tope ten, qualifying him as an All-American.  He had a remarkable HPHS swimming career continually placing in major CIAC events.  He maded All-CCC 9 times. 
CIAC Highlights include, 1988 Class L 100 yard breaststroke, 2nd;  1987 Class L 50 yard freestyle, 6th;
1987 Class L 100 yard freestyle, 6th; 1988 Class L 100 yard breaststroke, 10th;
Records include.
200 yard medley relay 1:48:78        1989 School Record
50 yard freestyle              22:96        1987 School, Pool, City Record  
100 yard butterfly            56:20        1989 School Record
100 yard breaststroke  1:02:06        1989 School, Pool, City, CCC Records
 100 yard breaststroke 1:02:10        1989 CCC Meet Record
Kendrick Moore 1994
Kendrick Moore was a star basketball player at Hartford Public.   He made first team All State in 1993 and 1994.  The 1993 team he partnered with Marcus Camby and the Owls went 27-0 winning the Class LL Title and being voted Number One in the final state poll.  That team was one of the best in the history of the state. 
The 1994 team, led by Kendrick,  went 23-1 and again won the Class LL Title and was voted Number one in the final state poll.  Kendrick's drive to the hoop with under a minute left put the Owls ahead for good in the final against Danbury.   He was voted the Gatorade Player of the year signifying the best player in the state. 
In addition to the All State honors he was ALL CCC East his junior and senior seasons.  He was a MacDonald All American, High School Academic All American, and a member of the National Honor Society. 
In college he was on the all Big Eight freshman team at Missouri.  He was Big Eight Academic All American.  In an NCAA tournament game against UCLA he was the Missouri player of the game.  After transferring to Providence, he was named captain. 
Kendrick has been a member of the Moore basketball group since 2006.
Harriet Judith Novarr 1974
Harriet Novarr, a 1974 Hartford Public graduate, was a very versatile athlete.  She excelled in volleyball and basketball attaining All-State honors.  
She recieved a basketball scholarship to Syracuse University and still holds their single season scoring record.  She graduated from George Washington University. 
She was a pioneer in women's professional basketball playing for the New York Stars, one of the first woman's pro teams.  She also played professionally in Isarael, for Maccabee-tel Aviv.  She also was an accomplished tennis player, winning many tournaments and at one time ranked number one in the Washington D.C. area. 
She worked as an administrator for the Washington tennis federation supporting youth tennis programs.   At the One on One Tennis Foundation, where Harriet worked,  a scholarship program was created in her honor.  
Harriet was inducted into the Greater Hartford Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. 
Harriet Judith Novarr passed away,  April 19. 2002. 
Pat Scelza 1960
Football and Coach
Pat Szelza, class of 1960, was an outstanding football player, captian his senior year.  He went on to Springfield College where he played football.  He graduated in 1964. 
After college he returned to HPHS to teach history and social studies.  He also was an assistant coach for many different sports, including football, baseball, wrestling, basketball, and weight training.  He also played semi pro football for the Meriden Shannooks and the New Britain Bees. 
From 1970 to 2010 Pat taught history at Windsor Locks High School and started their football program.  During his tenure as football coach his teams won five division titles and made one CIAC Playoff appearance.  He also coached softball there for 18 years winning six league titles. 
Some other honors Pat achieved over the years include:
VFW Sportsmanship Award 1984
Coach of the Year Northern Connecticut S Division 1988
Pat Szelza Day day declared by Gov Weicker for teacher\coach October 15, 1995. 
Inducted into the Windsor Locks Hall of Fame
Won two sportsmanship trophies from state officials
At HPHS Presdident of the Honors Club Athletic Association
National Honors Society
Josef Schuhwerk 1957
Swimming and Track
Josef Schuwerk, class of 1957, came to Hartford Public High from Germany in 1955.  He was already an establsihed hockey player, soccer player, gymnast, swimmer, and track and field athlete as a youth in Fussen, Germany.  At the time HPHS did not offer hockey, soccer, or gymnastics as varsity sports.  Josef, disappointed but not discouraged joined the swimming and track teams. 
In track he won the state championship in the long jump and medaled in the shot put, under the watchful eye of legendary coach Larry Amann.  In swimming he won medals in the CIAC 50 yard freestyle and the CIAC medley relay in the state championships.  Josef earned All-New England in swimming by placing in the medley in the New England's in 1957.   Josef also was instrumental in forming the Owl Club gymnastics in 1955.   Under the sponsorship of Coach Amann Josef entered Springfield College in the fall of 1957.  Finally at HPHS Josef won the prestigious John Jackson 3rd award in 1957, the French Language award, and was a member of the National Honor Society. 
At Springfield College Josef participated in varisty soccer for three years earning All-New England as a goalie in 1960.  In track and field he won the New England javelin championship in 1961 and finished second in the NCAA regionals. 
After graduating college Josef began his teaching and coaching career at Braintree High in Braintree, MA where he coached gymnastics and track and field.  As the gymnastics coach for 20 years his dual meet record was 168-28, winning ten state titles, coached 40 individual state champions, including five All-Americans.  He earned the Massachusetts Coach of the Year four times and coached 1976 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Fred Korman, for seven years.   His track and field teams had a dual meet record of 186-28.  During his 24 years coaching track his teams won eleven BSL titles, with two Eastern MA Division I titles.  He also coached several State and New England champions.  Josef was Braintree AD from 1985 ti 1999.
Eric Shorter 1990
Football and Basketball
Eric Shorter was a two sport start at HPHS,  playing football and basketball,  class of 1990.  He was the star quarterback, captain,  and made All-CCC East.
Eric ended up attending Boston College and that is where he reached his full potential. He was a product of the "Upward Bound Program", an academic program for inner-city students offerred by Trinity College. 
He had been accepted to West Point but eventually landed at Boston College and joined the football team as a walk on.  Initially he had to quit the team because he was concerned with only recieving patchwork scholarship money.  He experienced a $5,000 dollar shortfall and had to use other means to survive such as other students meal cards to get food.  On Christmas Day, 1991, his sophomore year Eric recieved a nice Christmas present.  Coach Tom Coughlin presented Eric with a full athletic scholarship.    
At 5-10 and 187 pounds he ranked second in tackles on the Aloha Bowl bound Eagles.  He was elected first team ECAC at BC and first team All-New England.   In 1990, at the BC banquet of honors, Eric Shorter recieved BC's highest honor, he was awarded the Thomas F. Scanlon Award, presented by Coach Tom Coughlin.  
At Boston College, Eric worked in the Big East athletes care, an outreach program that uses student athletes as role models and instructors for inner city children. He is most indebted to his mother, a single parent mom. She worked many jobs and never lost faith in him.  She is very proud of his success at BC and recieving the Thomas F. Scanlon award, given to an outstanding senior scholar athlete at BC. 
Catherine Spence 1984
Soccer, Track, and Basketball
Catherine Spence, class of 1984, was a multi sport star at HPHS playing soccer, track, and basketball. 
After graduating she attended the University of Massachusetts.  Competing at the highest level of women's  soccer starring on the UMASS teams that made four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Women's Final Four. 
Honors: Awards
All-State in soccer at HPHS, 1983. 
All-New England soccer at UMASS,  1985, 1986, and 1987. 
All-American soccer player at UMASS, 1985.
Selected to play in East Regional pre-Olympic trourney, 1986.
Holds three NCAA records in woman's soccer:
  Most goals in one game.
  Most points (goals and assists) in one game.
  Most goals in the NCAA tournament.
Paul Spence 1989
Paul was a four year starter on the HPHS basketball teams 1986 through 1989.  He was the captain his junior and senior seasons.   He was first team All-Conference for all four years.  He made First Team All State New Haven Register 1989.  Paul was a Hartford Courant Honorable Mention All Stater in 1988 and 1989.   He was a MacDonalds All-American nominee in 1989.   In his career at HPHS Paul scored 1510 points which stands as a school record.   
Paul went to the University of Hartford where he played basketball for four years and was the captain his junior and senior seasons.  After graduating from UHART Paul went on to pursue his Master's Degree from Cambridge in 2001 in Education Counseling-Psychology.   Paul currently is employed in the Washington DC area as a social worker. 
Paul resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  He is married to Stacey and they have a daughter Charliegh. 
Robert Bobby Torres
Bobby Torres, class of 1990, was an outstanding sprinter and long jumper at Hartford Public.  One of the best All-Time. 
In the 1990 track and field season and with HOF member Harvey Kendall formed a unique and successful dynamic duo.  Together they recorded enough points to win the Outdoor CIAC Class LL Track Championship.
Bobby Torres won the 100 and 200 meter dash events while jumper Kendall scored enough points winning the high jump and triple jump to garner the title.  Bobby also won CIAC Open Championship in the 100 and 200 meters.  In that same season he won the long jump championship in the New Englands. 
In his senior season he was All-State in both indoor and outdoor track.  By winning the long jump at the New England's he made the All-New England team.  His 100 meter best was 10.80 and his personal long jump best was 24 feet 3 inches.  His accomplishments make him one of Hartford Public's best athletes ever.