Derby Athletic Hall of Fame

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The Derby Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 2015 by a group of dedicated volunteers whose purpose is, " increase awareness of the rich and storied history of Derby High School Athletics and the outstanding players, coaches and other relevant personnel who have represented the school and community with pride and dignity over the years.

We feel that part of our mission is to honor those deserving of recognition. It has also been a stated intention of our membership to re-cultivate a sense of community that has seemingly been lacking of late.

By introducing new generations of Derby youth to the history of its many sports triumphs, perhaps a grassroots interest in continued success will take hold."

The current committee members are Mike Cannici, Ray Silvernale, Jenn Moffat, Dan Shea, Walt Biesadecki, Steve Owens, Brent Cavallaro, Bob Ahearn, Fran DeGennaro  and Tom Abel.

Derby also has a city Hall of Fame dedicated to Derby natives and residents who have helped to shape the course of history through their achievements at the local, state, national or international level. Each of these individuals selected was either born in Derby or lived here at some point in his/her life. Now Derby High School is getting a Hall of Fame for the athletes who have passed through the corridors of D.H.S. since the school first opened in 1877. The Hall of Fame is only open to athletes who played sports (any sport) at Derby High. Nominations may be made at any time, but there will be only one group selected each year. The deadline for the next class is Sept. 1.

The criteria for selection to the Derby High School Athletic Hall of Fame includes:

A nomination for induction into the Derby High School Alumni Hall of Fame may be submitted by any Alumni or friend of Derby High School. A nominee must meet the criteria in one of the following categories.

1. Athletes: Achievement: A former Derby Athlete who performed with the excellence and lettered in a Varsity sport. Must be a graduate and out of school for at least fifteen (15) years. Nominees must be, or have been a credit to his/her Family, Country and Derby. The inductee may be living or deceased.

2. Coaches: A Nominee must have been a coach within the Derby High School system. They have had to distinguish themselves by demonstrating exceptional leadership, character and athletic achievement during his/ her stay at Derby High School. The inductee may be either living or deceased.

To nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, complete a nomination form and e-mail it directly to

Nomination form - Microsoft Word version

Nomination form - Adobe Acrobat version


Story originally posted on February 1, 2015
Last update October 22, 2018, 2018

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