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Ray Crowe Elementary School
Ray Crowe Elementary School
Venter, John
Sunday, February 28, 2021

We are very excited as we anticipate the opening of our new elementary school building for the 2021-2022 school year. As parents/guardians of our future elementary students, I am sure each and every one of you are excited as well. 

I wanted to share with you that our school board is considering a name change of the building. The school board, in its initial stages of development and prior to having an official address, chose Worthsville Elementary at the September 2019 board meeting due to its close proximity to Worthsville Road. Now, in cooperation with the City of Greenwood, the new roadway that runs in front of the school will be named Ray Crowe Way.

We are considering Ray Crowe Elementary as the new name for our school. Mr. Ray Crowe was born and raised in Whiteland, Indiana and graduated from Whiteland Community High School in 1934. He was a star athlete at both WCHS and the University of Indianapolis prior to becoming  the head basketball coach at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. He coached his 1955 and 1956 teams to the state title and was the first Indianapolis based team to win state. His basketball championships occurred during a time of segregation and the civil rights movement. Ray Crowe was the first black coach to win the state title, and his team was the first all-black team to win a state championship in the country. Crowe was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1968. He went on to have a very successful career as a school administrator, assistant director with Indiana Department of Public Instruction, Indianapolis Parks Department Director, Indianapolis City Councilman, and served in the Indiana House of Representatives. 

Our belief is that this would celebrate the legacy of Ray Crowe and celebrate his contributions to Indiana and Johnson County Black History.

Sincerely,

Dr. Patrick Spray
Superintendent