- View/Download CHS "Hall of Fame" Induction Ceremony Program
- Click here to watch YouTube live stream of the CHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony - Friday, June 4 @ 9:30 am [Click URL link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa1VgcujMpE]
June 3, 2021 - The CHS “Hall of Fame” Committee, will be hosting the 2020-2021 Columbia High School "Hall of Fame" Induction Ceremony on Friday, June 4 at Underhill Sports Complex* from 9:30 am – 11 am.
In the mid-1980s, the CHS "Hall of Fame" Committee was established as part of the Student Council, to recognize the vast accomplishments of its graduates. In 1985, the Hall of Fame inducted its first two alumni - Senior U.S. Circuit Judge, Amalya Kearse, and world-renowned actor, Roy Scheider. Since then, every year, the committee has inducted anywhere from 1-4 former students who had demonstrated academic excellence during their time at CHS and have gone on to influence the world around them in positively meaningful ways.
On Friday, June 4 at 9:30 am, the CHS “Hall of Fame” Committee will induct two more alumni (one for 2020, one for 2021). The recipients of this year’s honor are, Grammy-award-winning music producer, Eric Hudson (CHS '04) and online video producer, Marques Brownlee (CHS '11)! They have both gone on to do great things in South Orange, Maplewood, and beyond!
Eric Lee Hudson is a Grammy-award winning musician and record producer. Eric grew up in South Orange and graduated from Columbia High School in 2004. He is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, drums, bass, guitar, and organ. Eric has played at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater in Harlem, and the 2002 Democratic National Convention. Eric has been a part of over 60 million records, worldwide. He has worked with Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, John Legend, Kanye West, and countless others, including, most recently, the Isley Brothers. Eric has won four Grammy Awards - the most recent for "2021 Best R&B Album" for John Legend's "Bigger Love."
Marques Brownlee, known professionally as MKBHD, is an American YouTuber and professional ultimate frisbee player, best known for his technology-focused videos as well as his podcast, Waveform: The MKBHD Podcast. He grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey and graduated from Columbia High School in 2011. Brownlee studied at the Howe School at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he majored in business and information technology. He graduated from college in May 2015 and became a full-time YouTuber.
This special event is open to CHS seniors in person. However, due to space restrictions, all other students as well as faculty, staff, and community members can view the ceremony virtually on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa1VgcujMpE
*In the event that is forecast to rain on this day (think dry thoughts!), you will be notified by 9 pm on Thursday, June 3. If such is the case, the event will take place in the CHS Auditorium and only the inductees, their guests, the committee members, and recipients of this invitation will be able to participate in person. All others will have to watch it virtually.