William H. Billups
~ 1996 ~
Bill was a star at NRHS, earning eight varsity letters in football, basketball and track. During his senior year at New Rochelle High School, Billups earned All-County honors as a quarterback, and was the second leading scorer (to fellow Hall of Famer Jesse Arnelle) for the Section One tournament runner-up basketball team, and won the W.I.A.A. High Jump Championship.
Bill moved on to Brandeis University where he became starting quarterback on the first Brandeis football team to play in varsity interscholastic competition. His next step was at Morgan State, where he lettered in both football and basketball.
Carolyn Roberts Byrne
~ 1996 ~
Carolyn started to play tennis at the age of nine and never slowed down. While still at NRHS, she played in all the major tournaments on the east coast circuit, including the Philadelphia Cricket Club Girls National and the Women’s National at Forest Hills. She was a member of the Sears Cup team in 1930 & ’31. She was NYS Champion and ranked 18th in the nation. She won the tourney of the West Side Tennis Club and was the top ranked player in the east for ’32 & ’33. Roberts has beaten many highly ranked players over her career, winning the Denver Championship in ’44, ’45 & ’46. She has also won the Women’s Doubles State Tournament, four Colorado State Senior Open Championships and a Denver Senior Open Championship. Carolyn was inducted in the Denver Athletic HOF.
James P. Hennessy
~ 1996 ~
James played football, basketball, hockey and baseball at NRHS. He was the only “four letter man” in the class of 1935. Hennessy was selected to the All-County team in his senior year, and also named to the All-Metropolitan team that same year. Playing both ways, this defensive standout was also second in W.I.A.A. scoring with 44 points. He was G.O Vice President in his junior year, and class president his senior year. Jim went on to play football for North Carolina State in 1935 and ’36. He was a recreation star pitcher with various teams through 1941, when he went into the army.. He played football for a 29th Division, and when sent to Iceland, played basketball with his company team.
~ 1996 ~
New Rochelle born Hicks was a star in basketball, helping lead the Huguenots to the best won-lost record of that time, 19-2, and was the leading W.I.A.A. scorer. The team was W.I.A.A., Section 1 Class AA and Open Champs. Seth was awarded Con Edison, W.I.A.A., County, Metropolitan, Section 1, The Daily News All-Star, and Parade Magazine First Team All-American honors. Also a track star, he set both county and state high jump records, twice winning county and state titles. Seth continued to excel at Seton Hall, winning Sophomore of the Year and All-Metropolitan honors. He was named Teacher of the Year and was basketball coach for the number one ranked team in the country. He became the first black basketball coach in Union County and was named Coach of the Year.
William “Air Mail” Morton
~ 1996 ~
The life of Bill Morton is characterized by his leadership accomplishments. At NRHS he quarterbacked the football team for three years. In his senior year the team was undefeated and unscored on in the regular season, and went on to two post-season bowl games. Morton played hockey for three years and was captain for one, played baseball for three years and was the diamond captain, and was president of the class of 1927. Moving on to Dartmouth College, Morton played football for four years and elected captain as a senior. He was named All-American quarterback, played in the East West Shrine Game, and earned national acclaim as “Air Mail” Morton. He also starred for the Big Green hockey team where he also won All-American honors. Bill was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame.
William “Bill” Skiff Sr.
~ 1996 ~
A native New Rochellean who spent fifty-five years in professional baseball, Bill Skiff displayed his pride in his hometown when he convinced teammate Lou Gehrig to take up residence here during his “Pride of the Yankees” years. Skiff attended NRHS, playing both baseball and track. He entered professional baseball as a catcher, signed by the Hartford Club of the Eastern League. He played in the majors for both Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, with the Yankees winning the pennant and playing in the World Series. Bill then went onto to play and manage in the Yankees farm system for the next 30 years. Bill’s love of baseball took him from New Rochelle to the major leagues, to the World Series, to manager, scout and advisor for the best teams in baseball, and now the NRHOF.