Albert Horne

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An integration pioneer, Albert Horne attended Bridgeville High in 1965 rather than all black Jason High, where he had been the first freshman ever to start in boys’ varsity basketball. In football
and basketball Bridgeville compiled an overall 53-4 record during Horne’s junior and senior years. Over those two seasons the football teams went undefeated and the basketball team lost only to
Conference Champion Milton and to state champions P.S DuPont and Mt. Pleasant. Albert made invaluable contributions in football, but excelled in basketball with a career total of 1,129 points. He
averaged 28 points as a senior and more than 30 points in state tournament play where he was the star of the first-two boys’ state tournaments setting four state tournament records. Horne headed the
1st team All-State squad in 1968, selected as Player of the Year in Delaware.

Wesley coach and DSMHOF inductee Jim Wentworth recruited Albert to be the Wolverine’s first African-American Player. Wentworth recalls Horne having “the best range on a jump shot of anyone I have
ever seen.” Al served as Wesley’s basketball captain in 1970. He then enrolled at Greensboro College, was among the school’s first African-American players, and an All-Dixie Conference pick.

Al passed away in 1992 at the age of 43. In 2010 he was inducted into the Delaware Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association’s Delaware Basketball Hall of Fame. In April of 2011, Horne was
again honored when he was inducted into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame



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