Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence 2017 Spring Gala and Hall of Fame Inductees
Each year since 2006, the NHS Foundation for Excellence has held a spring Gala to raise money for the Foundation, and to honor selected members of the NHS community who have made significant contributions to the success of our school. We are excited to announce that Keith Maloof, Melvin Melton and Alex Ward have been named as our 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. The Gala will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 at The Carlyle House in downtown Norcross from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. to honor these great contributors to our school and community. Gala tickets are available for $100 a piece and can be purchased in the front office at NHS starting April 10th.
Coach Maloof has been a teacher and coach for 32 years. He has been at Norcross High School for 18 years. He was instrumental in founding the Foundation. His football teams have won 5 Region Championships and 2 State Championships. Football and band programs touch more students than any other programs in a school. Coach Maloof helped create a “winning” culture not only in the school, but in the community. During his 18 years at NHS he has created the ability for the program to sustain success. He is one of the key people that make Norcross great; however, he never wants the attention brought to him. Coach Maloof will always deflect the credit to his coaches and the students. He cares about all students at NHS and has built relationships that go far beyond football. Keith and his wife Lisa have two sons, Tyler and Tanner, both NHS graduates.
Melvin has been at NHS for 16 years. He is the Head Custodian, but much more than that, he is a mentor, advisor and confidant to all students and faculty in the building. In addition to being the Chaplin for the Norcross Police department, Melvin has recently been named the Chaplin for the City of Norcross. Melvin has been one of the associate pastors at Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn, GA for 28 years. Melvin and his wife Lisa Renee have been married for 29 years. They have two children, a son, Melvin, Jr. and a daughter, Ashley.
While a 9th grader at NHS, Alex volunteered to announce softball games and run the scoreboard. His sophomore year, he volunteered to run the scoreboard for the football team as well. Then during his junior year, his volunteer duties continued to grow with the addition of providing music for the basketball games and manning the soccer scoreboard. He continued to volunteer throughout high school. Upon graduating from NHS in 2006, Alex has continued to volunteer for his alma mater and his role evolved into what it is to this day, Game Day Operations manager for both NHS Football and Basketball. In addition, Alex is responsible for taking all the pictures for the senior banners and displaying them in the cafeteria. Alex is currently completing his final year of law school and is preparing to take the State Bar exam.
We are very fortunate to live in a community that supports our local high school. The mission of the Norcross High School Foundation for Excellence is to partner with the high school and the community in continual support of Norcross High School as a world-class school. Since the inception of the Foundation in 2001, over $1.6 million has been raised and reinvested back into the school to elevate the teaching/learning in the classroom, expand the fine arts opportunities, and support athletic programs and extracurricular activities.
For more information, please visit our website norcrosshighfoundation.org.