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Class Notes: Gainesville school board supports naming field for Cabbell
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The Gainesville City Board of Education recognized the late E.L. Cabbell at its Dec. 1 meeting and voiced support for naming a city field after him.

School board member Sammy Smith asked the board to support naming the athletic field adjacent to Gainesville Middle School in memory of Cabbell.

The city Parks and Recreation Department is soliciting comments regarding the naming of the field. Smith said the field is legally owned by the city and managed by the department. However, due to its proximity to the school and Cabbell’s lengthy career with the city schools, the board wished to voice its support of naming the field in his memory.

“I propose that we support this,” Smith said. “We, as a board, honor the memory of Coach Cabbell and his influence in Gainesville City Schools, his teaching and coaching.”

The board unanimously agreed.

Cabbell, who passed away in August, was the football, track and basketball coach at Fair Street School in the 1950s and ‘60s. He also led the ’56 and ’57 football teams to state championships.

The department is soliciting comments through a legal advertisement until the end of the month.

UNG campus facilities receive excellence award

The University of North Georgia recently received recognition from the University System of Georgia for the rehabilitation of four buildings on the Dahlonega campus.

The Regents Award of Excellence was presented at the 18th annual Facilities Officers Conference to Todd Berman, director of facilities, and Jace Oliver, project manager for facilities and operations on the Dahlonega campus.

Renovations on the Merritt E. Hoag Student Center, the Stewart Student Success Center and the Barnes and Young halls took place during the last three years.

The Hoag Student Center was built in 1969. Stewart was constructed in 1971 as a replacement for the library and was most recently renovated to house student support functions. Barnes and Young halls were both constructed in 1935. Barnes was originally a residence hall and has since been rehabilitated for office space. Young was originally the library, but was converted to classroom space.

The award’s description reads, “It is more than a group of buildings, it is the space between the buildings, and the totality of the experiences created there. It is the physical manifestation of the concept, ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.’”

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