Ed Walker and Hugh Coleman
Former Charlestown High School basketball players
Almost two decades ago, Ed Walker (left) and Hugh Coleman met on the basketball court at Charlestown High School. Both men went through the Boston public school system and went on to top-ranked colleges — Coleman to Bowdoin and Walker to Bates. They then each decided to return to their urban roots and help other disadvantaged youth.
Today Coleman, 34, is a teacher at Jeremiah Burke High School and an acclaimed basketball coach who led previously lackluster Brighton High to its first state championship game appearance this spring. After serving in admissions and college counseling roles, Walker four years ago founded Independent Consultants of Education, driven by the goal of closing the achievement gap and providing disadvantaged students with equitable access to college and knowledge.
—Cindy Atoji Keene, Globe Correspondent