LBHS Wall of Fame Welcomes Newest Inductees

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Long Beach High School held its 21st Wall of Fame dedication on Oct. 6, welcoming four exemplary individuals as they were officially made part of the district’s history. They now have their names listed among others who have gone above and beyond in their contributions to students, athletics and the community as a whole. 

This celebration distinguished Joe Brand, Derrick Fontaine, Patrick E. Gallagher and New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, each of whom received plaques and acknowledgment from speakers. Members of the Board of Education, administration and community gathered in the high school commons for this meaningful event. 

Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Gallagher and Principal Jeffrey Myers presented remarks, as did Harvey Weisenberg and master of ceremonies Steve Kohut. Board of Education President Dr.  Dennis Ryan addressed each of the honorees personally and praised them on their accomplishments. 

Joe Brand has coached the Long Beach High School hockey team for 25 years, leading it to great success. Under his guidance, the team achieved three state titles and 11 county championship victories. He additionally founded and has directed the Long Beach Lightning Youth Hockey program and introduced many programs in the city of Long Beach as commissioner of parks and recreation. 

Derrick Fontaine is a member of Long Beach High School’s Class of 2001 and made his mark as an athlete. He won two county championships and achieved All-State and All-American distinctions for wrestling. The two-year captain of the wrestling team was voted “Champion of Champions” and “Outstanding Wrestler of the Tournament” at the Nassau County Wrestling Tournament and placed second at the High School National Championships. He went on to teach and eventually become an assistant principal in Florida. 

Long Beach High School Class of 1964 graduate Patrick E. Gallagher served as a member of the district’s Board of Education for 12 years, four of which he spent as president. He spearheaded a bond referendum that led to numerous educational enhancements and improvements to facilities. He also worked as a Long Beach lifeguard for 22 years and held the chief of lifeguards role for two of them, and initiated the local Police Athletic League girls lacrosse program. A retired principal, Gallagher is now an adjunct professor and curriculum associate. 

Sen. Kaminsky is also a Long Beach High School alumnus, having graduated in 1996. He has been a strong advocate for education and led causes for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, differently abled students and 9/11 first responders. Prior to joining the New York State Senate, he held a successful career as a prosecutor and won the True American Hero Award at the United States Attorney’s Office.