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Hall of Fame Inductees for Fall of 2015

Abington High School, with the support of its alumni, established the Abington High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.  The Hall of Fame Nomination Committee was tasked with the duty to select and induct former Abington High School teams, players, coaches, administrators and community members who, by their demonstrated excellence on or off the field, have contributed to the growth and/or success of the athletic program at Abington High School. 

The Committee is proud to announce that the following players and coaches were nominated by the AHS community and selected to be honored in the fall of 2015 by being inducted into the Abington High School Athletic Hall of Fame:

1.         Gordon W. Bates (AHS '52), the first Abington High School athlete to earn 12 varsity letters, as he started and played 4 years in baseball, football and basketball.  Voted as the "Best Athlete" in his class, Gordon excelled as a baseball pitcher and was drafted by the Boston Braves.  While serving in the US Army, he pitched for the Army while stationed in Austria, and later returned to Abington to play collegiate baseball and Old Town football.

2.         Coach Thomas J. Graham, a beloved Abington teacher and coach for Abington High's football and baseball programs, who led the Green Wave baseball team to over 300 wins in his tenure as head varsity baseball coach.  Abington's varsity baseball diamond was named in his honor in 2006, and Coach Graham was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and Stonehill College's Hall of Fame in 2009.

3.         Donna Marrier (AHS '77), one of the premier female athletes in Abington High School history, who excelled in field hockey, softball and basketball for the Green Wave.   Donna was named as a team captain in all three sports, scored over 700 points in just two years of basketball, and is considered one of Abington's best-ever high school softball players.

4.         Coach Walter F. Paster (AHS '41), a former teacher, vice principal and football coach at Abington High, who still holds the NCAA collegiate record for most interceptions in a single football game (5!).  Coach Paster was the inspirational head football coach for the Green Wave during the glory days of the 1950's and 1960's, and he was later inducted into the Brown University Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and also served many years as a professional football scout for the New England Patriots.

5.         Christopher K. Wells (AHS '75), one of the most dominant all-around athletes in Abington High School history, who excelled in basketball, football, baseball and tennis.  Chris graduated with a school record 960 career basketball points in the "pre-3 point shot" era, a record which he held for 29 years.  He was a National Honor Society member for 3 years, and a 4-year varsity athlete in both basketball and football.

The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for this 2015 class of inductees will be held on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Emerald Hall (former VFW Hall) on Central Street in Abington.  Friends, classmates and guests who would like to attend are urged to purchase dinner tickets in advance, as seating will be limited.  Tickets are $40 per person for a family-style meal to be followed by the induction ceremony;  no tickets will be available at the door.   

We congratulate this slate of honorees, who truly represent some of the finest athletes and contributors to the long history of sports at Abington High School, and encourage community members to submit their nominations of additional athletes and coaches to be considered for future induction into the AHS Athletic Hall of Fame.  To obtain a nomination form, or to purchase tickets to the 2015 Induction Ceremony, please call (617) 435-3531 or send an email to KateCasey@AbingtonPS.org.