Pittsburgh Westinghouse inducted 18 alumni into their 2016 Wall of Fame on Wednesday. This is the first induction since 2011.
The Pittsburgh Westinghouse Wall of Fame 2016 inductees include Elverage Allen, Carol Waller Pope, Dr. Lanise Rosemond, Gleyn Ward, Brett Banks, Edward Roberson, Greg Shealey, Cecile Washington, Maurita Bryant, Monte’ Robinson, John Smith, Reginald Young, Charles Hamilton Jr., Ramon Robinson, Dr. TaTanisha Smith, William Hamilton, William A. Robinson, and Pastor Tim Smith.
From a pediatrician to the former assistant police chief, this year’s class features a wide range of esteemed individuals. Among the honorees were twin brothers Ramon and Monté Robinson, who graduated from Pittsburgh Westinghouse in 1995.
“The induction is important to us because our experiences at Westinghouse High School molded us into the men we are today,” said Monté Robinson.
Robinson referred to his twin brother, who could not make the ceremony, as “the ‘baddest’ quarterback to ever do it for Westinghouse.”
With a family history of football, Robinson currently serves as the head coach of the school’s football team. The football team, who is currently undefeated in the city league, was present to share this moment with their coach.
Principal Louann Zwieryznski called the Wall of Fame a “huge tradition.” The ceremony, which took place in the school’s auditorium, was filled with current and former bulldogs. “This is the year we are going to tell our own story,” said Zwieryznski.
The marching band and cheerleading team opened the ceremony with a performance. Senior D-Ama Taylor, 17, recited a poem about her high school journey. Her classmate, Allen Barr Jr., also 17, provided welcoming remarks. Barr stated that since the educational partnership between Pittsburgh Public Schools and Wilkinsburg School District, “we have all came together as one big bulldog family,” said Barr.
Each inductee, or someone from their family, accepted their honor and made a few remarks. “Being recognized for our hard work and commitment to Westinghouse High School and the Homewood community is truly an honor and humbling,” said Robinson.
The Pittsburgh Westinghouse WALL of FAME has inducted 225 persons over the last 25 years. It serves as an opportunity to share the rich and diverse achievements of alumni to encourage current student performance in academics, arts, business, music, government, legal professions, community action, and athletic arenas.