Gail George to be inducted into
Community High School's Hall of Honor
Retired teacher and coach Gail George, a Naperville resident, will be inducted into the Community High School Hall of Honor at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15. The ceremony will be held in the Hall of Honor at the high school at 326 Joliet Street in West Chicago. A reception will follow the induction ceremony.
In her teaching and coaching career at Community High School. Ms. George played a major roll in the development of the athletic programs within the school and on a conference-wide basis. She began teaching at Community High School in 1965 and retired in 2001. Her positions during that time included Physical Education/Driver Education teacher (36 years); Assistant Athletic Director (16 years); Interim Athletic Director (one year); and Coach (25 years). She coached volleyball, softball, archery and bowling. She also served as advisor to the Girls Athletic Association and the Girls Recreation Association.
George was a leader in the Title IX movement that has opened the door for young women in sports. She was also a key participant in organizing Interscholastic Sports for Girls in the Little Seven Conference. More recently, she co-chaired the committee that developed the Wildcat Sports and Activity Council, which coordinates feeder school athletic programs.
George has received many honors for her contributions. She was named DuPage Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1981 and Daily Herald Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1985. She received the National High School Quarter Century Coaching Award in 1992 and the West Suburban High School
Association for Department Chairs of Health and Physical Education's Teacher of Excellence Award in 1993. She was also recognized for Excellence in Teaching in 1993 by Senate Resolution #217. Last year, George was inducted into the Illinois Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
"Gail very much deserves this honor," said School District Superintendent Lee Rieck. "She was a tremendous asset to Community High School and to the field of women's sports," he added.
"I was excited and overwhelmed when they notified me of the award," said George. "It's wonderful to receive this kind of recognition. I kind of grew up in that school. I was just doing my job, and never expected to receive this kind of honor."