Last Modified: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 10:25 AM
HATHAWAY — The Hathaway High School gym could soon have a new name.
Local efforts are now under way to honor the legacy of Charles “Charlie” Groth, a retired teacher, coach and principal at Elton, Welsh, Lake Arthur and Hathaway high schools.
Groth died in 2006.
A petition with more than 70 signatures supporting the change has been presented to the Jefferson Davis Parish School Board for consideration.
The School Board Buildings and Grounds Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school’s gym to hear public comments on naming the gym after Groth.
Up to 10 people may speak for and against the naming.
The committee will then vote and make a recommendation to the full board at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Linda Phenice Rogers, a former student, remembers Gorth fondly.
“He was a wonderful, kind gentleman of high moral values,” Rogers said. “You could tell he truly loved children and liked being a teacher.
“I can’t think of anyone who would be more deserving or contributed to Hathaway High School more than he has.”Groth’s daughter, Gayle Fontenot, said her father would be humbled by the efforts to rename the gym.
“He’d probably say, ‘Oh my goodness. I never thought it would come to that,’” she said.