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Renowned Fort Hamilton basketball coach Kenneth Kern dies

Kenneth Kern, former basketball coach at Fort Hamilton High School, died at the age of 89 in Hollywood, Florida last month.  He is survived by his wife Lillian.

Kern, who passed away on May 12, attended Tilden High School and joined the Army, where he wrote for “Stars and Stripes” and played basketball.  He graduated from George Washington University.

He coached the Fort Hamilton basketball team from 1956 to 1985. He had over 300 wins and sent hundreds of players on to college including future NBA stars Bob Barnek, and Bernard and Albert King.

If you played for or knew Fort Hamilton High School Basketball Coach Ken Kern, he affected you. The effort to raise money to award scholarships in his name to deserving Fort Hamilton High School students and have the school’s basketball court named for him continues.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, please make a donation through Crowdrise, or send a check to the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 6753 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220.

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