Year Inducted: 2005
Nominated By: LeLand "Lee" Johnson
Sports Competed In: Basketball, Track
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete, Coach, Contributor
Attended Pueblo Centennial year (1941)...Served as Captain of the track team...Three year letterman in the 880 yd run and the Mile Relay (1938-41).
High School Achievements:
● Broke the Colorado College Relays record for the 880 yd run in 1941 with a time of 2:02.9.
● Tied the Colorado State Record for the 880 yd run during the South Central League Meet with a time of 1:59.9 while finishing a dead heat to the winning time of 1:59.7.
● Broke the Colorado State Record for the 880 yd run in 1941 at the Colorado State Meet with a time of 1:59.1 while finishing second in a dead heat to the winning time of 1:58.9
Pueblo Jr. College (1941-46):
● Served as captain of both the track and basketball teams.
● Never lost a race while competing in both the 440 yd dash and 880 yd run (1941-42).
● Served as the captain of the basketball team while playing guard (1941-43 and 1946).
● Chosen to the All-conference basketball team for two years.
● During his sophomore year, Albo lead the team in scoring and was a member of Conference Championship Team - two years.
Colorado College (1946-48):
● Member of the basketball (guard) and track teams.
● Broke the Rocky Mountain A.A.U. record for the mile relay in 1948.
● Winner of the Rocky Mt. Conference mile Relay and Colo. Univ. Relays distance medley relay (1948).
● Selected as a member of the national Phi Delta Theta all-sports Honor Roll track team (1948).
● Chosen to be captain of the 1949 track team but instead accepted the position of Freshman Track Coach.
● Starting guard on the basketball team and various Pueblo City teams until sidelined with a broken leg.
Earned an MA (1952) and an EdD. Degree (1971) from the University of Denver.
Head Freshman Track Coach at Colorado College for one year (1948-49)...Track Coach at McClave High School for one year (1949-50).
Head Football Coach Vineland, CO H.S. for three years (1950-53).
● Finished 2nd in the Central Arkansas Valley League in 1952 with a record of 6-1-1.
● Placed four players on the All-conference offensive team and two on the defensive team.
Head Baseball/Basketball Coach Vineland, CO H.S. for three years (1952-53).
● Won the League championship in 1952-1953 with an all-game record of 19-4.
● Won the Excelsior Gold Medal Tournament.
● Placed two players on the All-Tourney team, best player award, and the U.S. Federation Award...Won the League Championship.
Football Asst. Coach and Head Basketball Coach at Aurora, CO. H.S (1953-55)...Took basketball team that had a 1-15 record to an 8-7 record in 1954-55.
● Spent six years as a teacher/coach at McClave, Vineland and Aurora H.S.(1949-55).
● Worked for six years as an Asst. Principal at Aurora H.S. (1955-61).
● Served as Director of the Division II State Wrestling Meet held in Aurora (1959).
● Named Principal at West Jr. High in Aurora for one academic year (1961-62).
● Served for seven years as Principal at Aurora High School (1962-69).
● One of the organizers and the first President of the 5A Centennial League (1968).
● Six-year member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) Executive Committee (1968-74) and during that time was involved in a number of major decisions concerning the operation of H.S. athletics in Colorado.
● Worked in the Central Administration as Director of Employment for one year (1970-71).
● Served one year as President of Interscholastic Activities for the CHSAA.
● Spent 20 1/2 years as Assistant Superintendent of Personal in Aurora, CO (1971-92).
● Hosted many CHSAA state level events held in Aurora including the state pentathlon meet, the Boys' Gymnastic meet and the Class "C" District Basketball Tournament.
● Served on the Speech & AAA Basketball committees of the CHSAA.
● President of the Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA) in 1978.
● Appointed as a Citizen Assessor by the Aurora Civil Services Commission to serve a three-year term specializing in testing, certifying, and recommending candidates for promotional positions in the Aurora police and fire departments (1993-96).
● Received Aurora Outstanding Young Teacher Award from the Jr. Chamber of Commerce and was runner-up for same award for the State of Colorado (1959).
● Recognized as one of the Founders and Longtime Friends of the city of Aurora Recreation Department during the ceremony by Sports Illustrated selecting Aurora as the #1 Sports town in Colorado (2003).
● Named to the Pueblo Centennial High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
● Wrote "The Legal Status of State High School Activities Associations in the 50 States" - Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Denver, 1971.
● Penned "Athletic Associations Call the Tune", American School Board Journal, Feb. 1972.
● Presented "The Aurora Experiment on Effective Screening Techniques" - Jointly, at the Fourth National Personnel Conference conducted by Personnel Administrative Services, Dec. 1972.
● Wrote "How to Deal with Negative Items in the Supervision of Teacher Performance/Behavior" - prepared for presentation to all Aurora administrators and to members of the Colorado Association of School Personnel Adminstrators (1986).
● Conducted "A Study of the Educational Program of Douglas County School District Re 1" - prepared for the University of Denver Bureau of Educational Research for presentation to the Douglas County School Board of Education, 1970.
● Played guard on the Army Air Corps basketball team (1943-44).
● Served in the 15th Air Force during World War II as a Radio-gunner on a B-17 bomber stationed in Italy.
● Flew 31 combat missions - holder of the Purple Heart, The Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters and five Battle Stars in the European Theatre of Operations.
● Member of the Colorado Association of Personnel Administrators (CASPA), 1972-1992.
● Life member of the Colorado Parent Teacher Association.
● Past member: National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); Phi Delta Kappa; National Aero-Space Education Council; Colorado Association of School Executives; Association of Negotiators and Contract Administrators.
● Served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Bureau of Educational Research, University of Denver (1969-70).
● Served 27 years (1961-88) as Director of Tennis for the city of Aurora Recreation Department conducting clinics and tournaments for individuals ranging in age from eight (8) to adulthood.
Lives in Aurora, CO with his wife Betty.. Nickname is "Gene".