Unionville High announced last week that it's dedicating the school's gymnasium in honor of longtime athletic director Dennis White.White is retiring from the position after 36 years with the school.

Last Wednesday afternoon, students at Unionville were funneled out to the school's stadium for a fire drill. It was actually a surprise ceremony for White, who was informed of the dedication by Unionville Principal Jim Fulginitti and presented with a plaque.

In addition to his duties as athletic director, White is also a full-time health and physical education teacher at Unionville.

"There's been a lot of teachers and coaches over the years that they could have recognized, so this was a surprise and an honor," said White. "I've been blessed to have been able to coach and teach at one school my whole life."

Fulginitti, along with UnionvilleChadds Ford School District Superintendent Sharon Parker, were among the speakers at last week's ceremony who praised White for his dedication to Unionville High School.

"He's meant everything to our school," said Fulginitti. "He's just done a marvelous job over his many, many years. He's a true professional who has gone above and beyond the call of duty.

"For us, this dedication was just a small thing we could do to show how much we appreciate what he's done for us. We want people to notice his plaque and see what he stood for when they come to our gym."

White, an Avon Grove High graduate and member of the West Chester University Basketball Hall of Fame, coached three sports during his time at Unionville: football, baseball and basketball. Most notably, he was Unionville's varsity girls' basketball coach for 27 seasons. During that time, White's teams racked up 15 league titles, five District 1 championships and won 460 games.

"As a teacher and a coach, he has always treated students and adults in a positive and respectful manner," said Unionville math teacher Joe Derickson. "He is a great role model for how any person, student or adult, should live their life. He has touched the lives of thousands of students and athletes during his time at Unionville High School, and is fondly remembered by many Unionville graduates and their parents. We wish him all the best for his retirement."

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