East Hampton Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class

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Four athletes and two outstanding teams will join the East Hampton High School Athletic Hall of Fame when the 2020 class is inducted at a ceremony planned for later this year.

In a video message sent out by the school district last week, Rich Schneider, the president of the hall of fame committee, said the ceremony would be held during homecoming weekend in the fall, unless COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, at which point it would be moved to “another time to be determined.”

The 2020 class includes Dickinson Baker, from the class of 1966, who was a standout athlete in golf, basketball and baseball. Frank “Sprig” Gardiner, who already is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, coached football, baseball and wrestling at East Hampton from 1930 to 1936, will also be honored in the fall.

Two more recent graduates who will be honored this year are Thomas McGintee, from the class of 1997, who excelled in baseball, volleyball and track, as well as Matt Rubenstein, who stood out in tennis, basketball and cross country.

The 2009 East Hampton girls volleyball team, which won the Suffolk County Class A championship and advanced to the state semifinals, will also be inducted into the hall of fame along with the 1966 boys wrestling team.

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