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Announcements: Good News: Beach dedicates gym for Russell Ellington


Good News: Beach dedicates gym for Russell Ellington 


Tim Guidera Posted: 08/02/2016 4:27 PM SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Of all the gyms Russell Ellington ever worked in - the thousands of buildings across the country and around the world - one was always home. "He loved Beach High School,’’ said Ellington’s widow, Betty. “Beach High School was his heart, and he poured a lot of it into the school.’’ And now, he has given part of the school his name as well. On Tuesday, Beach and the School Board made official what Savannah basketball fans have known for half a century - that the school's gym is Ellington's house. Friends, family, and former players gathered to dedicate the Russell Ellington Athletic Complex in honor of the former Bulldog player and coach of five Beach State championship teams. "It’s a very heartwarming day,’’ said Mrs. Ellington, “for the community and the school system to honor him and remember his legacy, and to hope it never dies.’’ "We're trying to continue that tradition at Beach High School,’’ added Beach Principal, Derrick Muhammad. “So hopefully we can live up to his name.’’ The facility that opened four years ago is not the actual arena in which Ellington compiled a 91 percent winning rate, or where he taught boys to become men by academics, as much as athletics and character above all. But it is now Beach's gym, so it's the perfect place for his name to stay. "I think any gymnasium that has Alfred Ely Beach on it is saying that it is the Dog House,’’ said Ronald Booker, who played for Ellington at Beach and later worked alongside him as the Beach girls coach. “And if it's the Dog House, it becomes Russell Ellington's house.’’ "I'm sure he's smiling,’’ Mrs. Ellington added about her husband. “And I hope his legacy and the things he stood for lives on.’’ Ellington was already sick when he returned to Beach for one final coaching job in 2006, a year before he passed away. Tuesday was one last homecoming that is sure to last. "He's coming home again, for good,’’ said Booker. “Hopefully, this building will stand for years and it will be a strong example of the quality and brilliance of Russell Ellington.’’ Copyright 2016 WTOC. All rights reserved. Full story can be found at:


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