The purpose of the Booker T. Washington High School Distinguished Hall of Fame Foundation is to identify and honor graduates, retired faculty and administration, and patrons of Booker T. Washington High School who have exhibited high qualities of leadership, attained high levels of achievement, or made meritorious contributions to the school, local, national, or global communities.  

Selection Criteria

1.     Honorees may not be part of the school at the time of induction and should have graduated from Booker T. Washington High School at least seven (7) years prior to nomination or separated from service at the school at least three (3) years prior to nomination.

2.     Honorees must have a commendable record of service and exemplary behavior since graduation.

3.     Nominees must accept the nomination unless award is made posthumously.

4.     Honorees may be nominated and inducted posthumously.

5.     All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination form.

6.     Any supporting materials such as newspaper articles or anecdotal stories must be submitted with the nomination form. 

The submission of a name for consideration will be made in one of the following categories:

  1. Education - nominees who have demonstrated high standards of teaching; advanced the cause of education through the development of innovations in education, quantifiable professional accomplishments, membership in educational affiliated organizations, leadership in an academic environment, or mentoring of fellow teachers; and demonstrated an overall zeal for teaching.

  2. Medicine and Science - through practice and/or research; individuals who are surgeons, specialists, and/or general practitioners of high regard or distinction; scientists who have benefited humanity in important areas or who have added substantially to the body of human knowledge; recipients of distinguished awards in any field of scientific endeavor.

  3. Business and Professional – nominees who are respected and influential in the fields of finance, law, and business as well individuals displaying exemplary entrepreneurial skills.

  4. Arts and Entertainment – nominees, who are well-known or frequently published writer; winners of prestigious literary, acting, or artistic awards; influential critics; recognized musicians or composers; media celebrities.

  5. Humanitarian Service – nominees who have rendered consistent and significant service to people in the local, national, or international communities.

  6. Athletics – nominees who are all-Americans, Olympians, or all-star professional athletes; renowned or especially successful coaches, sports specialists, sports promoters.

  7. Lifetime Recognition – This category is reserved for nominees who may not have attained award status in their chosen profession but whose lives, service to community, philanthropy or work at Booker T. Washington High School demonstrate high moral character and dignity; those who have demonstrated courage in overcoming extraordinary obstacles in life.

Nominees or their representative must be willing to participate in the induction ceremonies.