An athletic facility at North Forsyth High School will now bear a permanent honor to one of the biggest impacts to physical education and high school athletes throughout Forsyth County Schools.
The Forsyth County Board of Education voted unanimously on Tuesday, Aug. 15 to rename the weight room at North the Coach Jim Bishop Weight Room.
In a letter that requested the change written by Principal Jeff Cheney and read by FCS Chief Facilities Officer Bill McKnight, the impact of Bishop’s more than 30-year career was summarized as reason for the request.
“Coach Bishop’s career (1976-2009) as a health/PE teacher with Forsyth County Schools included work-ing at Sawnee Elementary School, South Forsyth High School, North Forsyth High School and Forsyth Central High School,” McKnight said.
The North Forsyth 400 Rotary is working with the school on the project, McKnight said.
The BOE is in charge of naming and renaming school facilities, and names of living people cannot be used.
Bishop, who passed away on July 29 at the age of 71, coached girls and boys sports including basket-ball, football, track and wrestling and “worked with students from many other schools.”
“He won several national weightlifting championships with his team,” McKnight read. “Coach Bishop always instilled a winning attitude so that the players never knew what losing was. His motto, ‘bigger, faster, stronger’ is one he is still remembered for today.”
“He coached me,” District 4 BOE member Darla Light said. “I think it’s very fitting.”