About the only thing that separated the athletic department from the rest of my high school was a large faded drawing of the Red Raiders mascot — since painted over due to insensitivity concerns — on the cement wall outside the athletic director’s office. That was the extent of our “hall of honor.”
Dallas-based Bishop Lynch High had different ideas.
“Trophy cases? Banners? Yeah, these are a couple of good ways to show off the success and history of an athletic program,” the school’s press release said. “But why be good, when you can be ELITE.”
So, Bishop Lynch unveiled “The Way” — a 20-month project featuring a two-story trophy case, full-length action murals of former Friar greats and a Sports Honor Roll display, among other designs. As The Dallas Morning News described: “Bishop Lynch practically built a dang museum.”
“It is awe-inspiring,” former Bishop Lynch standout and NBA player Stephen Howard said in the press release. “The architecture and design really brings the warmth and community into the building. I can tell that students, faculty and alumni will enjoy this facility for years to come. I think this addition really illustrates the blending of two worlds. It’s a perfect blend of past and future while setting the tone of what Bishop Lynch is all about — which is excellence — while also giving back to the community.”
Among the Friars’ other esteemed alumni are 1996-97 Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year Nick Garcia, former Texans running back Ryan Moats, current Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis, pro golfer Matt Weibring and former Texas A&M women’s basketball star Maryann Baker.
Meanwhile, the most famous alum from my high school is still the dude from “Minority Report.”