High school to name court in honor of beloved coach

Dec 29, 2022

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Dartmouth High will name its basketball court in honor of legendary basketball coach Steve Gaspar on Saturday, Jan. 7 in between the girls and boys varsity basketball games against New Bedford High.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 4:15 p.m., according to the high school’s athletics department. 

Earlier this year, the School Committee unanimously voted to name the court located in the school’s Carlin Lynch Center for Activity.

Gaspar coached Dartmouth basketball for 41 years, starting as a volunteer coach in 1971. He was made head coach in 1985 where he remained until 2013. In his tenure, the Indians qualified for the postseason 19 times and won 324 games. 

Gaspar is a member of the Dartmouth High School Athletic Hall of Fame, having been inducted as a student-athlete in 1993 and again as a coach in 2018. He was also recognized by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2019 as a recipient of its “Sherman A. Kinney Award” — a lifetime achievement given to a coach who “has demonstrated integrity and sportsmanship” throughout their career.

He was also a longtime physical education teacher at the school. Additionally, Gaspar and his wife Kathy created the school’s “after prom party,” something he helped to oversee until his retirement in 2013. 

Admission to both games is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students.

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Event Date: 

Saturday, January 7, 2023 - 4:15pm