Naming of Haynes-Inman School Gymnasium Open for Comment

The community has 30 days to comment on a proposal to rename the Haynes-Inman School Gymnasium as the Thurman Haynes Gymnasium, in honor of a dedicated volunteer.

Thurman Haynes sold his land to GCS just over five years ago so that the district could build the Meredith Leigh Haynes – Bennie Lee Inman Education Center, a school named in part for Haynes’ granddaughter who had previously attended a school for children with special needs.

Haynes became dedicated to the project, and once the school was built he began volunteering there every day.

“He was typically one of the first to arrive,” said Principal Kevin Carr in his nomination. “Each day he greeted each of our buses and then helped to make sure that each of our students arrived to class safely. As the day began, Thurman worked his way to the gym, where he assisted each day in P.E. He helped our students with significant disabilities participate in activities such as volleyball, jumping rope and shuffleboard.”

Haynes passed away in May at the age of 97.

The community is invited to comment on the nomination for the next 30 days via email to or via courier or U.S. Mail to Western Region Office, GCS Attn: Naming of Haynes-Inman Gymnasium, 900 English Road, High Point, NC, 27262.