Thomas Dale High School’s gymnasium will now bear the name of a long-time educator and basketball coach.
The School Board, with member Dianne Pettitt missing, voted unanimously at its Dec. 8 meeting to name the gymnasium for Thomas J. Davies, who began teaching English and coaching basketball at the school in 1959. According to information from Chesterfield County Public Schools, Davies led the Knights to the Group A fall championship during the 1961-62 season.
During his tenure as coach, Davies’ teams earned three Central District Championships, one regular-season district championship and tournament runner-up finishes in 1973, 1976 and 1978. He was named All-Metro and Regional Coach of the Year in 1975, according to information from CCPS.
“When the community approached me on this … it didn’t take very long for the groundswell to start,” School Board Chairman Marshall Trammell Jr. said.
Members of Davies’ family, including his wife, were on hand at the meeting. Amy Davies, Davies’ daughter-in-law, said her husband, who couldn’t be at the meeting because of basketball, was very appreciative of what everyone had done.
Greg Gwantley, a 1975 Thomas Dale graduate, said he was elated to be part of the naming effort, as Davies was a not only a fantastic coach, but a great mentor and teacher. Thomas Dale Principal Rob Stansberry said he knew Davies had had an impact on lots of people.
The gymnasium will now be known as the Thomas J. Davies Memorial Gymnasium.