CAHS opens Wall of Fame with special 10

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ST. THOMAS - Charlotte Amalie High School recognized some of its most influential and successful alumni Friday afternoon during the first Wall of Fame induction ceremony.

Photos of 10 well-known Virgin Islanders now grace the hall with lots of space for future additions.

"The wall of fame was erected to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni," said CAHS Principal Carmen Howell, adding that it will help inspire current students and instill a sense of school pride.

The 10 inductees have all made great accomplishments in their chosen field, Howell said. Those being honored Friday include two former governors, a musician, an athlete, a doctor, marine facilities managers, a principal, an ambassador and a judge.

"As a school, we are indeed proud that so many of our alumni have lived our schools motto" to excel always, Howell said.

Speaking at the event, inductees encouraged students to strive for greatness and said they were honored by the award.

"This fills me with joy because it comes from my people," said retired professional baseball player Alvin McBean, who was among the inductees.Dr. Melvin H. Evans

Evans was the last governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands appointed to the position and became the first elected governor of the territory on Nov. 17, 1970. Before entering politics, Evans was appointed physician in charge of the Frederiksted Hospital and served as commissioner of the Health Department.

Ruth Thomas

Thomas served as principal of Charlotte Amalie High School for 13 years beginning in 1969. A renowned educator, Thomas worked in public schools for 33 years and was named the Rotary Woman of the Year in 1972. The CAHS auditorium is named in her honor.

Terence Todman

Todmanserved as a U.S. Ambassador in six countries. He began his career in 1952 with an appointment to India and has also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs. He was awarded the Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 1988 by the U.S. Embassy in Denmark.

Dr. Alfred O. Heath

Heath has served the territory as a physician. He was appointed Commissioner of Health in 1973. He performed one of the earliest heart surgeries in the territory. He also is a pilot, sailor and musician.

Austin "Babe" Monsanto

Monsanto served in the V.I. Port Authority from 1968 through 1984 and retired as the Marine Director. Monsanto served in Korea during World War II and later became a park ranger. The Monsanto Marine Terminal in Crown Bay carries his name.

Emile "Milo" Francis

Francis was the driving force behind the iconic band Milo and the Kings. Francis also played with the Conrad Hodge band and Rico and the Rhythmeers. Francis, who died in December 1997, also was a veteran of the Korean War and played with military combos. He worked as a supervisor of the Clinton Phipps Racetrack.

Charles W. Turnbull

Turnbull was the sixth elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands after a career in education that included teaching positions in primary and secondary schools. He served as principal of Charlotte Amalie High School and was a professor of history at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Alvin McBean

Mcbean was a professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres. He also served the Virgin Islands as Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs Baseball Specialist, Director of Recreation and Sports and Acting Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Cultural Affairs. The Alvin McBean Recreational Center complex on St. Thomas carries his name.

Edward E. Thomas

Thomas is the president and chief executive officer of the West Indian Company, a position he said he has held under four different gubernatorial administrations. He is a board member of the St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce, the St. Thomas-St. John Hotel and Tourism Association, the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands and the University of the Virgin Islands. He serves as a liturgist and steward at the Memorial Moravian Church.

Judge Curtis Gomez

Gomez is a sitting judge of the 3rd District Court in St. Thomas. He earned his jurist doctorate degree from Harvard Law School and practiced law as an associate at the firm of Dudley, Topper and Feurzeig. A former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Gomez has served as a judge since 2005.

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