Category:Curtis High School alumni
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1. Vincent R. Capodanno – Vincent R. Capodanno was born on Staten Island, New York, on February 13,1929. He graduated from Curtis High School, Staten Island, and attended Fordham University for a year before entering the Maryknoll Missionary Seminary in Ossining and he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 14,1958. Father Capodannos first assignment as a missionary was with aboriginal Taiwanese in the mountains of Taiwan where he served in a parish, after seven years, Father Capodanno returned to the United States for leave and then was assigned to a Maryknoll school in Hong Kong. In December 1965, Father Capodanno received his commission as a lieutenant in the Navy Chaplain Corps and he was assigned to the First Marine Division in Vietnam in April 1966. The outnumbered and disorganized Company D was in need of reinforcements, by 9,14 am,26 Marines were confirmed dead, and another company of Marines was committed to the battle. At 9,25 am, the commander of 1st Battalion 5th Marine requested further reinforcements, Father Capodanno went among the wounded and dying, giving last rites. Wounded in the face and hand, he went to help a wounded corpsman only yards from a machine gun and was killed. His body was recovered and interred in his familys plot in Saint Peters Cemetery, West New Brighton, Staten Island, the official ceremony was held January 7,1969. On May 19,2002, Capodannos Cause for Canonization was officially opened, on May 21,2006 a Public Decree of Servant of God was issued by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The statement was made by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien in Washington D. C, Archbishop Broglio announced at this time that the newly established Father Vincent Capodanno Guild would serve as the Petitioner of the Cause and Dr. Ambrosi as Roman Postulator. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, when an exploding mortar round inflicted multiple painful wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine gun fire, by his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lt. Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the U. S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom, USS Capodanno was named in honor of Lieutenant Capodanno. The Capodanno was commissioned September 17,1973, and was decommissioned July 30,1993 and it became the first ship in the U. S fleet to receive a Papal Blessing when it was blessed by Pope John Paul II in Naples, Italy, September 4,1981. In March 1971, the Knights of Columbus, Madonna Council in Staten Island sought to have a permanent public memorial honoring Father Capodanno. In October 1974, a bill was proposed to change the name of Seaside Boulevard to Father Capodanno Boulevard, a year later, a monument was erected at the corner of Midland Avenue and Father Capodanno Blvd on Staten Island. It is made of light gray Barre granite, stands 8 high and 4 wide and has a bronze plaque, Saint Vincents Chapel was the Capodanno familys first choice as a memorial. Within four months after his death, almost $4,000 had been raised by such as The American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Knights of Columbus
2. RZA – Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, better known by his stage name RZA, is an American rapper, record producer, musician, actor, filmmaker and author. A prominent figure in hip hop, RZA is the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and he has produced almost all of Wu-Tang Clans albums as well as many Wu-Tang solo and affiliate projects. He is a cousin of the late group-mate Ol Dirty Bastard and he has also released solo albums under the alter-ego Bobby Digital, along with executive producing credits for side projects. In addition to the Wu-Tang Clan and his releases, RZA was also a founding member of the horrorcore group Gravediggaz where he used the name The RZArector. Furthermore, he has acted in movies, including Coffee and Cigarettes, American Gangster, Gospel Hill, Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Ghost Dog, Funny People, Derailed, Due Date. He also appeared in the Showtime TV series Californication and his directorial debut is for the film he co-wrote and in which he plays the title role, The Man with the Iron Fists, also starring Russell Crowe. The magazine The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazines twenty-year history and he also made the Elite 8 in the search for The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer of All Time by Vibe. NME placed him on their list of the 50 Greatest Producers Ever, RZA was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He lived in North Carolina with his uncle from age three to seven, who encouraged him to read and study, RZA was introduced to hip hop music at the age of nine, and by eleven, was competing in rap battles. He relocated to Steubenville, Ohio in 1990, to live with his mother and he spent weekends in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his father ran a convenience store in the citys Hill District. RZA got involved with petty crime and drug-dealing, and was charged with attempted murder while in Steubenville and he was acquitted of the charge, giving him what he stated was a second chance. He is named after Robert Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his mother greatly admired the Kennedys, the RZA has called his given name an honorable name, given the legacy of both brothers Robert and John. Robert Diggs formed a rap group with his cousins Russell Jones and they enjoyed local success but never signed a record deal. Diggs later debuted on Tommy Boy Records in 1991 as a solo artist under the name Prince Rakeem, after a shoot-out in Ohio in 1992, he faced eight years in jail. When they said not guilty, my face stuck in a smile for three days, he recalled, I was just walking around town, thinking about my daughter and my wife. Right then I said goodbye to anything that would put me in that situation again, I was up on trial on an attempted murder charge. I was a fool, with all that knowledge in my head. Diggs formed a new group with his cousins and five other childhood friends and this group would be named Wu-Tang Clan, releasing their debut album Enter the Wu-Tang,36 Chambers in 1993
3. Selita Ebanks – Selita Ebanks is a Cayman-born fashion model and actress. Born of African descent to a Jamaican father and a Caymanian mother in George Town, Grand Cayman and her family, her mother in particular, encouraged her development through extracurricular programs. She moved to the United States and settled on Staten Island and she was accepted by Columbia University and New York University, but instead chose to pursue modeling. In 2000, at the age of 17, while walking through the turnstiles at Six Flags Great Adventure, Ebanks made her debut in February 2001 at the fall show for Tuleh. After working for the likes of Catherine Malandrino, James Coviello, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ebanks first modeled for Victorias Secret for their Ipex Bra line, before being signed as an Angel. She and Izabel Goulart made their major débuts in the 2005 Victorias Secret Fashion Show, in 2005, Tyra Banks said she was proud of Ebanks to be representing black women at Victorias Secret. She also wore the fantasy bra set during the Victorias Secret fashion show on December 4,2007, Ebanks made a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother on 26 November 2007 with her fellow Victorias Secret supermodels. According to Forbes, Ebanks ranked the twelfth highest paid supermodel for 2008 and she appeared in Sports Illustrateds 2007 Swimsuit Issue. She is now a character in BETs Husbands of Hollywood where she plays the love interest of comedian Kevin Hart. Ebanks appeared on the season of Celebrity Apprentice, but was fired in week 5 on April 11,2010. Previously, she recorded music and appeared on the UPN-series South Beach and she is featured in The-Dreams music video for the single Make Up Bag, as well as Kanye Wests 2010 short film Runaway, playing a fallen phoenix with whom Wests character falls in love. Ebanks also appeared in a commercial for State Farm Insurance alongside actor/model Mehcad Brooks, Ebanks also has her own line of swimwear, accessories and shoes called Sass which stands for Selitas Accessories Shoes and Swimwear. The line was seen on the BET Rip The Runway 2012 which she hosted alongside Pooch Hall, Ebanks has run her own talent school Stardom Youth Foundation since 2004 in her hometown Cayman Islands, providing career guidance for teenagers. She also formed a charity organization, Women’s Coalition for Empowerment and Opportunity, the organization helps to support women’s educational and professional programs in the civil war-torn African nation. She was engaged to comedian Nick Cannon for five months, official website Selita Ebanks at the Fashion Model Directory Selita Ebanks at the Internet Movie Database
4. Bobby Thomson – Robert Brown Thomson was a Scottish-born American professional baseball player. Nicknamed The Staten Island Scot, he was an outfielder and right-handed batter for the New York Giants, Milwaukee Braves, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles. His pennant-winning three-run home run for the Giants in 1951, known as the Shot Heard Round the World, is one of the most famous moments in baseball history and it overshadowed his other accomplishments, including eight 20-home run seasons and three All Star selections. It was the best thing ever happened to me, he later said. It may have been the best thing ever happened to anybody. Thomson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the youngest of six children and he arrived in the United States two years later. His father, a maker, had moved to New York City shortly before Bobbys birth. Thomson grew up on Staten Island in New York City and signed with the New York Giants for a $100 bonus right out of Curtis High School in 1942, however, on December 5,1942 he joined the United States Army Air Forces and trained as a bombardier. His entire service was within the continental United States and he played semi-professional baseball in the summer of 1945 while awaiting his discharge. Thomson batted.283 with 29 home runs and 82 runs batted in in his year,1947. The following season he batted.248 with 16 home runs, in 1949 Thomson had career bests in RBI and batting average. His batting average dropped to.252 in 1950 and he then hit a career-high 32 home runs in 1951, the fifth-best total in the Majors, he also had the fourth-highest slugging average in baseball that year. Thomson became a celebrity for his home run off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca to win the 1951 National League pennant. The home run, nicknamed the Shot Heard Round the World, was dramatic as, until 1969, prior to 1951 playoffs had only been necessary in 1946 and 1948. The Giants won the first game 3–1 as a result of a home run by Thomson. Brooklyns Clem Labine shut out the Giants in the second game, the decisive contest, played on October 3 at the Polo Grounds, was the first major sporting event televised coast-to-coast in the United States. The Dodgers took a 4–1 lead into the bottom of the inning, but Giants shortstop Alvin Dark singled, advanced to third on a single by Don Mueller. With Lockman on second and pinch-runner Clint Hartung at third, Thomsons walk-off home run turned looming defeat into a 5–4 victory, the moment was immortalized by Giants play-by-play announcer Russ Hodgess excited multiple repetitions, The Giants win the pennant
5. Curtis High School – Curtis High School, operated by the New York City Department of Education, is one of seven public high schools located in Staten Island, New York City, New York. It was founded on February 9,1904, the first high school on Staten Island, Curtis High School is named after nationally prominent writer and orator George W. Curtis, who lived nearby. The school was the first public building built following the consolidation of Greater New York and it was designed by the architect C. B. J. Snyder. The cornerstone was laid in 1902, it was completed and opened 1904, the original building of brick and limestone is dominated by a large square turreted tower inspired by English medieval models. The first principal was Columbia graduate Oliver Durfee Clark, who served 1904 to 1906, the second principal was Harry Freeman Towle, a graduate of Dartmouth. Additions were made to the building in 1922,1925 and 1937, john M Avent was principal from 1924 to the late 1940s. Curtis was designated a New York City Landmark on October 12,1982, the gym and cafeteria wings were added at a later date as additions to the original buildings neo-Gothic architecture. In addition, Curtis club teams include boys varsity and junior varsity, the Curtis High School Field was renamed Bobby Thomson Field in 2007. Curtis has an enrollment of about 2,830 and is open to residents of New York City entering either ninth or tenth grade. Enrollment requirements vary depending on which of the ten houses the student is going to be enrolled, there are zoned programs where enrollment is based mostly on geography, with Staten Island residents having priority over all other boroughs. Within Staten Island, geographical areas closer to the school have priority over all areas of Staten Island. Most other programs rely either on the students grades and city standardized tests or specialized enrollment tests. The schools population is 38% African American, 31% Hispanic,22. 9% White and 7. 5% Asian, all New York City students entering high school must apply to schools, as there are no zoning boundaries for high schools in New York City. Only special zoned programs have geographical restrictions whereby certain areas of Staten Island have priority over all of the rest of New York City, vincent Robert Capodanno, US Navy chaplain, received the Medal of Honor after dying under fire in Vietnam. Father Capodanno Boulevard is named for him, as is the USS Capodanno Joseph F. Merrell Jr. posthumously awarded United States Medal of Honor for combat in World War II, a ferry is named for him. Jeb Stuart Magruder, lawyer, advisor to President Nixon, Watergate conspirator Ralph J. Lamberti, a native of Staten Island Emily Genauer, art critic, won a Pulitzer Prize for newspaper reporting. Mario Buatta, famous interior designer Selita Ebanks, Victorias Secret Model The RZA, hip-hop recording artist, and producer, Barberi, football player and longtime Curtis High coach. Staten Island ferry MV Andrew J. Barberi is named for him, Hospital outreach, Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center and Home Staten Island University Hospital St
6. Richie Castellano – Richie Castellano is an American musician and engineer, notable as a member of the band Blue Öyster Cult. A fifth generation musician, Richie Castellano was born in Brooklyn, the Castellano family moved to Staten Island in 1985. He began to study guitar at the age of seven, among his early musical influences were Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Ritchie Valens. By the early 1990s, influenced by the Beatles, he began songwriting, later influences included Yes, Genesis, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. He also cites the music of Queen as an important influence on the development of his musical style, at that time, Castellano met Ron Bumblefoot Thal, who became one of his most important mentors. In 1997, inspired in part by Thals 1995 debut solo album The Adventures of Bumblefoot and this album, entitled Alone in My Basement, was surprisingly successful, selling out of its initial pressing within one month of its release. He won two songwriting awards for one of the songs from Alone in My Basement, the album was also acclaimed in EQ magazine for the unusual methods employed in its recording and production. He won a competition to write a song for his school graduation. Castellano graduated from Curtis High School in 1998, Castellano enrolled in the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York at Purchase in 1998. He majored in Studio Production, studying the practice of digital recording. From 1999–2001, he produced and engineered Regina Spektors debut album,11,11, during the summer of 2000, Castellano studied advanced digital recording techniques and audio engineering at Wave Studio in Staten Island, under the instruction of Ron Thal. Castellano assisted Thal with the production of his album, Uncool and that year, he also began his association with Blue Öyster Cult as a substitute Front of House engineer. Also around this time, he and one of his professors, Grammy Award-nominated producer Dr. Joe Ferry, were involved in a band, Richie & the Pocketrockets. This band released one album, entitled Touch of Blue, The Blues Tribute to the Grateful Dead, Castellano earned his Masters degree in Music from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music in December 2002. In December 2003, Castellano accompanied Blue Öyster Cult on a tour to Germany as their sound engineer, Castellano first performed with Blue Öyster Cult as bass guitarist in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 18,2004, shortly after Danny Miranda left the band. He remained in position until early 2007, when original member Allen Lanier retired from the band. At that time, Castellano filled the position of guitar and keyboards. By April 2007, the guitar position was filled by Rudy Sarzo on a semi-permanent basis
7. Lois Lowry – Lois Lowry is an American writer credited with more than thirty childrens books. She has won two Newbery Medals, for Number the Stars in 1990 and The Giver in 1994 and her book Gooney Bird Greene won the 2002 Rhode Island Childrens Book Award. In 2007 she received the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association for her contribution in writing for teens, in 2011 she gave the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture, her lecture was titled UNLEAVING, The Staying Power of Gold. She was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Brown University in 2014, as an author, Lowry is known for writing about difficult subject matters within her works for children. She has explored such issues as racism, terminal illness, murder. She has also explored very controversial issues of questioning authority such as in The Giver quartet and her writing on such matters has brought her both praise and criticism. A film adaptation of The Giver was released in 2014, Lowry was born on March 20,1937, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to parents Katherine Gordon Landis and Robert E. Hammersberg. Her father was of Norwegian descent and her mother had German, English, initially, Lowrys parents named her Cena for her Norwegian grandmother but upon hearing this, her grandmother telegraphed and instructed Lowrys parents that the child should have an American name. Her parents chose the names Lois and Ann, which were the names of her fathers sisters, Lowry was born the middle of three children. She had a sister, Helen, and a younger brother Jon. Helen, three years older than her, died in 1962 at the age of 28 of cancer and this experience influenced Lowrys first book A Summer to Die which is about a young girl who tragically loses her older sister. Lowrys brother Jon is six years younger and grew up to be a doctor and they continue to enjoy a close relationship. Lowrys father was a military officer – an Army dentist – whose work moved the family all over the United States. Lowry and her family moved from Hawaii to Brooklyn, New York and she attended kindergarten at the Berkeley Institute and relocated in 1942 to her mothers hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, when Lowrys father was deployed to the Pacific during World War II. Lowrys father served on a ship called the USS Hope. Following World War II, Lowry and her family moved to the Washington Heights military housing complex in Tokyo, Japan, where her father was stationed from 1948–1950. Lowry and her family lived in Carlisle again in 1950 before moving to Fort Jay at Governors Island, New York. In 1952, she entered Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, New York, Lowry entered Pembroke College in Brown University in 1954
8. Jeb Stuart Magruder – Jeb Stuart Magruder was an American businessman and political operative in the Republican Party when he joined the administration of President Richard Nixon in 1969. He published two books about his career and faith journey, attended divinity school, and became an ordained Presbyterian minister in 1981. He served the church for the remainder of his life and he served Nixon in various capacities, including helping manage the presidents highly successful 1972 re-election campaign. During that time, Magruder became involved in the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, as a Deputy Director of Richard Nixons Committee for the Re-Election of the President, Magruder pleaded guilty to conspiracy and served time in a federal prison for his actions. Magruder was the official in the administration of President Richard Nixon to plead guilty to charges of burglarizing the Watergate complex. In 1974 he published an account of the Watergate affair, in prison Magruder reconnected with his faith, afterward he attended divinity school and became ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He was called to serve in parishes, including as chief minister in a Lexington. During these years, Magruder also spoke publicly about ethics and his role in the Watergate scandal, in the 1990s and early 2000s, he gave interviews in which he changed his accounts of actions by various participants in the Watergate coverup, some of his assertions have been challenged. Jeb Stuart Magruder was born and grew up on Staten Island, New York, Magruder was an excellent junior tennis player and swimmer, among the best in the greater New York area. He was educated at Williams College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1958 and he represented Williams on the varsity swimming team and set several regional records. Magruder served with the U. S. Army for 21 months and he served during an intermission from his studies at Williams College. After he began his business career, he returned to graduate school, Magruder worked for IBM after college, and has said he did not enjoy it. He moved to San Francisco, to take a position with the Crown Zellerbach firm, later he started his own consumer products company. He married Gail Nicholas on October 17,1959, in Los Angeles, Magruder married Patricia Newton on February 28,1987, in Columbus, Ohio. They were divorced in May 2003, in the late 1950s, Magruder moved to Kansas City with Jewel Tea, in a transfer for work. He became involved there as a manager for the Republican Party during the 1960 election campaign. Magruder moved to Chicago for his MBA studies, afterward he shifted from IBM to the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. In Chicago he remained involved with the Republican Party, rumsfeld won the primary and the seat in Congress, in a major upset in a ward traditionally dominated by Democrats and unions
9. Steve Gregory (American football) – Stephen C. Gregory is a former American football safety that played in the National Football League. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as a free agent in 2006. He played college football at Syracuse, Gregory was also a member of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Gregory lived in Staten Island, New York for most of his youth and he was a Jets fan growing up. He attended St. Margaret Mary Parochial Elementary school grades 6-8 then attended Monsignor Farrell High School before transferring to Curtis High School and he played college football at Syracuse University. The defender started his career as a free agent. Gregory signed with the San Diego Chargers as a free agent in 2006. He played for them until 2011 and he started 31 of 85 games, recording 241 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks. On March 15,2012, Gregory signed with the New England Patriots, on Thanksgiving Night—November 22, 2012—Gregory had a primary role in the Patriots victory over his home-town team, the New York Jets. In the game, Gregory had an interception,2 recovered fumbles,5 tackles, at the end of the game, on the national NBC broadcast, Gregory was awarded the traditional Thanksgiving award, along with teammates Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork. Between 2012 and 2014, he started 23 games for the New England Patriots, Gregory was released by the Patriots on February 28,2014. Gregory was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on July 31,2014, Gregory announced his retirement from football on August 9,2014. He cited the birth of his daughter with his wife Rosanne as giving him a new perspective on life, NFL wrote that he ended his career wtih 357 tackles, seven interceptions,25 defensed passes, three sacks and two touchdowns, out of 111 NFL games. Among other plays, he was famous for getting the ball in the butt fumble, on June 4,2015, the Syracuse athletic department announced Gregory would return to his alma mater as a Special Teams Quality Control coach. By that time, he had played 111 career games in the NFL, during which time he posted 357 tackles and seven interceptions as a back for the Chargers. New England Patriots bio Syracuse Orange bio
10. James Jenkins (American football) – He played college football for Rutgers University. While undrafted, Joe Gibbs made an appeal to Jenkins to not join the Army. He is now working as coach of the Düsseldorf Panthers. Previously he was employed as a training manager for LifeTime Fitness in Sugarloaf. List of Rutgers University people Football Database entry for Jenkins