Smith High Gym Named for NBA Star Robert “Bob” McAdoo

The Smith High School Gymnasium will now be named after 1969 graduate Robert “Bob” McAdoo.

McAdoo played 14 seasons in the NBA where he was a five-time NBA All-Star and named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1973 and NBA Most Valuable Player in 1975. He won two NBA championships in the 1980s and is a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In his nomination, Wade C. Nash wrote, “He is a role model for Ben L. Smith, the city of Greensboro, the state of North Carolina, and our country. McAdoo showed a commitment to excellence in delivering results that led to his many accomplishments.”

Another letter of support from one of McAdoo’s classmates, C. Michael Briggs wrote, “Bob McAdoo led Smith High School to the State Semi-finals in basketball in 1969. He was also the State Champion in the high jump that year and broke the state record by 4 inches. After two years of junior college, Bob led the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four. Bob was named first-team All American and the ACC Tournament MVP in 1972.”

The board approved renaming the gym after a 30-day public comment period.