At this time each year, the New Jersey Hall of Fame invites members of the public to vote for deserving New Jerseyans for induction into the Hall of Fame. There are ten candidates in each of five categories: Arts & Letters, Enterprise, Performing Arts, Public Service, and Sports.
This year, two Haddonfield luminaries are candidates, both in the Public Service category: Margaret Bancroft (1854-1912) and Alfred E. Driscoll (1902-1975).
- Alfred E. Driscoll graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1921. Among his many distinguished accomplishments, he was New Jersey’s first two-term governor, serving from 1947 to 1954. In Haddonfield he was a member of the Board of Education, the Board of Commissioners, and the Historical Society. He was one of six recipients in the inaugural class for the Haddonfield Alumni Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1994.
- It is worth noting, given the times, that it was Governor Driscoll who spearheaded the adoption in 1947 of a new constitution for New Jersey that, among other things, ended racial segregation in the state’s public schools.
- Margaret Bancroft was a pioneer in special education. She founded the Bancroft Training School in Haddonfield in 1883. Her specialized program for special education students was the first of its kind in the country. Today,based in Mt. Laurel, it provides a wide array of programs throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.
To vote, go HERE.
Voting is open through Tuesday, June 30. Inductees will be chosen by July 15. The individuals receiving the most votes in each category will be automatically inducted. Honorees will be formally inducted in a virtual induction ceremony in October.