MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Hall of Fame is proud to announce that this year it will induct three alumni, a former teacher, and two sports teams.

The alumni are Richard Cook, James McNabb, and Kathleen Williams.

Richard Cook (1981) is a pillar of the community, having worked his way up through the ranks to be the Montville Chief of Police from 2004 to 2014. Following his retirement from MTPD, he served on the Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Review Commission before being elected to the township committee in 2016.

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James McNabb (2003) followed his passion, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology. He went on to found McNabb Studios in Philadelphia, PA, and developed his urban landscape-inspired collection “The City Series.” His work has displayed around the world and been featured on billboards in Times Square.

Kathleen Williams (Class of 1993) attended Dartmouth and then worked for A&E and the History Chanel. She was nominated for three Emmy Awards between 2012 and 2014, winning in 2013 for the short documentary “Remembering 9/11.” She is the only graduate of MTHS to both be nominated for and win an Emmy.

Teacher John Schulien grew up in Montville and attended Boonton High School before MTHS was built. After attending the University of Wyoming on a football scholarship, in 1977 he returned to his roots and began a career at MTHS that spanned four decades. In that time he coached successful football and lacrosse teams and founded the ski club, which continues to this day. 

The Hall of Fame will induct two teams this year. The 2013 Girls Tennis team, coached by Ken Sachs, will join the Hall as the most successful tennis team in school history. Having broken multiple records during the 2013 season, the team went on to capture the Conference Title, a State Championship, and earned a spot in the Tournament of Champions. They will be joined by the ‘73 & ‘74 boys basketball team, regularly referred to as the “Dream Team.” The team was the first truly dominant sports program at MTHS, compiling a record of 41 wins over two seasons. Coached by the late Hal Fischbein, the team was led in scoring by Will Puentes, a member of the inaugural Hall of Fame Class, who remains the all-time leading scorer in boys basketball.

The Hall of Fame induction will take place at the Lake Valhalla Club on April 26. Tickets are still available, and anyone wishing to attend should email MTHSHallofFame@gmail.com for information on how to purchase tickets. 

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