State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D- 181st Dist.) recently presented a $60,000 state grant to the Dobbins High School alumni group to help fund renovations of two gyms that currently have more-than-80-year-old bleachers, backboards, wall pads and time clocks.
“Dobbins High has a long historical legacy that involves educating and fostering the talents of some of our country’s greatest athletes,” Kenyatta said. “Think of the inspiration this incites among current student athletes. I’m proud that this grant will continue that legacy, but with two brand new gyms, and leave a lasting impression for more aspiring athletes to start their own legacies here.”
Kenyatta was joined in the gym filled with Dobbins High students, faculty and staff, including Principal Toni Damon, and Dobbins High School alumni for a pep rally led by the school’s cheerleaders and athletes. The freshman legislator then presented the $60,000 state grant.
More than 600 students currently attend the school, whose gym was home court for college basketball star Hank Gathers, former NBA player Gregory “Bo” Kimble and three-time Olympian Dawn Staley, who coached the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team to a national championship. Dobbins High School was built in 1937 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
In November, officials cut the ribbon on a two-year, $39 million renovation of the school that included spaces for its career and technical education programs. But the renovation did not involve the gym, which maintained its original, more-than-80-year-old fixtures and equipment.