Well-known community leader and owner/director of the Joseph P. Clavin Funeral Home J. Peter Clavin will join three fellow graduates from Fort Hamilton High School when the school’s Alumni Association inducts them into the Hall of Fame on February 13, 2016, at the Rex Manor, 1100 60th Street. This includes having their current and yearbook photos plus biographies framed and hung near the school Library on the second floor, which has become known as the Wall of Fame at the Shore Road school.
In addition to Clavin, Class of 1971, the other inductees are Jaiquawn Jarrett, Class of 2007, and posthumously, Joseph Graffagnino, Class of 1991, and Kristi Kvalheim, Class of 1995.
Among Clavin’s many community service accomplishments are having served as president of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn, Bay Ridge Lions Club, Bay Ridge Men’s Club and the Bayfort Benevolent Associates. He is a member of several public service groups including the Fort Hamilton Citizens Action Committee, the 12:30 Club of Bay Ridge, Narrows Community Theater, the Knights of Columbus and the St. Patrick’s Society of Brooklyn. He has also served as grand marshal of the Ragamuffin Parade and has garnered several awards including the prestigious Civic Award from the Bay Ridge Community Council.
Jarrett, No. 37, a stellar player on the Fort Hamilton High School varsity football team, is a safety with the New York Jets. In college, he played football for Temple University, and then was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles and later was selected by the New York Jets.
Graffagnino, after graduating from Hunter College, joined the New York City Fire Department. After 9/11, he spent most of his time off searching for survivors and later for remains. He lost his life on August 18, 2007 while battling a seven-alarm fire at the Deutsche Bank building in lower Manhattan.
Kvalheim was a star athlete at Fort Hamilton, serving as captain of the girls’ varsity volleyball team and a member of the girls’ varsity tennis team. he was a student leader and was elected senior class secretary by her classmates. Tragically, she lost her life before she could fulfill her dream of becoming a teacher at Fort Hamilton High School.
New York City Council Deputy Leader Vincent Gentile, both a graduate and Hall of Famer at Fort Hamilton, will emcee the induction ceremonies which will also include a celebratory dinner dance. David Whitebook, a former assistant principal at FHHS, and a past president of the Bay Ridge Community Council, is the current alumni president.
The event is open to graduates of Fort Hamilton High School, as well as friends, relatives and the general public. For reservations, $80 per person, call 917-731-4861 or click on: www.fhalumni.org or via email at FHHS1973@earthlink.net.