Help Us Honor Our
Distinguished Alumni

The Ridgewood High School Alumni Association was established to celebrate and promote the collective experiences unique to the RHS community and to strengthen a Tradition of Excellence. The RHSAA recognize the achievements of alumni who have made significant contributions to society through their personal lives, individual passions, talents, professional accomplishments and/or community service.

Our biennial Distinguished Alumni Dinner, recognizing the 2020 and 2022 inductees, will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Park West Loft. Tickets are now available.

2022 Distinguished Alumni Inductees

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Ali Stroker, Class of 2005

Groundbreaking performer Ali Stroker won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her role as Ado Annie in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!

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Deborah G. Thomas, PhD, Class of 1971

Deborah G. Thomas has worked in the field of higher education for over thirty years. After graduating from Middlebury College, she began her career at Bates College as Assistant Dean of Students and Foreign Student Advisor.

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Thomas L. Hawkins, Class of 1942

Thomas L. Hawkins was born in 1923 and moved to Glen Rock when he was a young child. Hawkins was very bright and athletic and had a gift for vocal music.
Reference: Thomas l. Hawkins: Hero From The Rock

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Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, SM, Class of 1990

Ajay J. Kirtane, MD,SM is an internationally-renowned leader in Interventional Cardiology, specializing in the care of patients with complex coronary and peripheral vascular disease.

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David A. Duffield, Class of 1958

Dave Duffield is an enterprise software entrepreneur who founded six companies, including two that grew to be publicly traded global business leaders, PeopleSoft and Workday. He is currently the founder and CEO of Ridgeline, a startup building a software platform for the investment management industry.

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Past Distinguished Alumni



An award will be presented to each inductee or their representative at an induction awards ceremony held every two years. Each inductee's name will be displayed on a custom plaque in the designated Distinguished Alumni Commemorative Hallway located in Ridgewood High School's front entrance.