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Schools - January 4, 2017

M-A basketball court named after Pam Wimberley

The name of Pam Wimberley, who coached girls basketball at Menlo-Atherton High School and served as physical-education teacher and athletic director over a 49-year career, would likely have lived on at the school long after her retirement, but there is now no uncertainty.

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District, at its Nov. 16 meeting, approved honoring Ms. Wimberley, now the chair of M-A's physical education department, by giving her name to the basketball court in the school's Ayers gym.

Ms. Wimberley was M-A's athletic director for 24 years. The teams she's coached have won 663 games as well as 20 championships in the Peninsula Athletic League and four in the Central Coast Section, Principal Simone Kennel said in a Nov. 7 letter to district Superintendent Jim Lianides.

Ms. Wimberley has also been awarded local, regional and statewide coaching honors and was inducted into M-A's Athletics Hall of Fame in November.

The initiative had the support of the school's Hall of Fame Committee, current athletic directors, alumni and athletic boosters, school staff and school administration, Ms. Kennel said.

While it is district policy not to honor living people in this way, the policy says that exceptions can be made in "extraordinary circumstances (if the person has made) outstanding contributions to the community or school and whose name, because of their lifelong service to the community, will be expected to survive the test of time and will continue to be honored for decades to come."

Ms. Wimberley is a "precise fit" in meeting the intent of the "extraordinary circumstances" exception, board member Alan Sarver said.


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