Tossed trophies will be displayed

Superintendent said he learned of the matter late Tuesday, after receiving angry phone calls.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:05 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -High school athletic trophies placed near a Dothan High School dumpster will be kept after a ferocious social media outcry.

Superintendent Dennis Coe said he learned of the matter late Tuesday, after receiving angry phone calls from those who feared the trophies would be discarded.

“I did know coaches were cleaning out lockers and spaces to make (more usable) room and I knew they were renovating,” he told News 4.

Coe said, after he became aware, school personnel consulted with former Northview Head Football Coach Harry Wayne Parrish, who led the Cougars to two state championships and is generally considered an authority on local sports.

Coe revealed plans Wednesday to place the trophies in safekeeping, then display them once renovations are complete.

“We are working on some new construction project for athletics, and we will make sure we include adequate space for these trophies,” Coe said.

He vows there was never an intent to offend and pointed out none of the trophies commemorated first place finishes.

The Dothan High campus was relocated to the Northview campus when the schools consolidated two years ago.

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