The Columbus Academy Athletic Hall of Fame added two new members on the evening of Saturday, February 5, 2022, as Ed Carter ’96 and Katie Walker ’02 became the 44th and 45th inductees, respectively. 

Alumni Board President Dr. Scott Gurwin ’82 kicked off the event held on the fireside room of the dining hall by welcoming the crowd and inviting Matt Carter ’00 to the podium, who presented his brother Ed, followed by former Academy head varsity girls basketball coach Joe Dudas, who introduced Katie. Both Ed and Katie received their hall-of-fame plaques from Dr. Gurwin before giving an acceptance speech.

Ed, a four-sport athlete in tennis, cross country, football and basketball, remarked during his speech of the role that the many coaches and faculty members played in his development as an athlete at Columbus Academy.

“I was a lifer at Academy and had some really great teachers and coaches over the years who all contributed to teaching me how to be a better athlete," said Ed. "I was always proud at Academy and to be in this hall of fame now is extraordinary, it's humbling, and it’s an honor to join this group.”

Watch the induction of Ed Carter ’96

Katie, a three-sport athlete in basketball, track and volleyball, noted the impact of her family's legacy at Columbus Academy and traced its important history leading up to her induction.

“My uncle James ’68 and dad Charlie ’69 were two of the first Black graduates at Academy,” Katie said. “I was the first Black legacy graduate at Academy and my uncle James was the first Black person inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. And as I join those who came before me – the nine women, the nine Black men and all of the other hall-of-famers – I am very honored, humbled and proud to be the first Black woman inducted into the Columbus Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.”

Watch the induction of Katie Walker ’02

We again congratulate both Ed and Katie on this distinguished honor!