Springfield considers naming high school gym in memory of coach Kamari Williams


SPRINGFIELD — The School Committee is asking for public input on a proposal to name a gymnasium at the High School of Science and Technology in memory of the late Coach Kamari Williams.

The School Committee is collecting public opinion via an online survey.

Williams, 36, died on April 5, and had served as public schools teacher, counselor and head coach. He was head coach of the men’s varsity basketball team at the High School of Science and Technology from 2014 until his death.

He was the son of state Rep. Bud L. Williams, D-Springfield.

During his tenure as coach, Kamari Williams also served as an adjustment counselor at Springfield High School and was formerly a math teacher at the High School of Science and Technology.

High School of Science and Technology Principal Kevin Lalime thanked the School Committee for the initiative.

“There’s nothing we want more as a school community, than to ensure that the legacy of Coach Williams lives on forever in our building and for our students and staff,” Lalime said in the School Department’s news release. “He was a dedicated coach, strong role model and an all-around amazing person. We would consider it an honor and a privilege.”

School Committee Vice Chairman Christopher Collins said the School Committee commonly solicits input from the public for such matters.

A survey has been posted on the Springfield Public Schools website, seen here, for members of the public to include their opinion. The survey will remain live until Oct. 15.

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