Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences renames facilities after longtime coach and conductor

Gary Wilkes conducts a youth orchestra in April 2016.

CSAS Renaming Committee

› Jim Boles, principal› Tiffanie Robinson, school board member› Julia Gaines, assistant principal› Carmen Veller, assistant principal› Zach Wyatt, parent› Amy Freeman, faculty› Jeff Covington, community member› Karen Long, parent

photo CSAS basketball coach Mark Dragoo shouts to players during a game on Dec. 7, 2018.

Thanks to the efforts of its senior class, the orchestra room and basketball court at Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences soon will bear new names.

The Hamilton County school board recently approved the renaming of the orchestra room at CSAS in honor of long-time orchestra teacher and conductor Gary Wilkes and the basketball court after legendary basketball coach Mark Dragoo.

"Thank you for the opportunity to say a few words about two gentlemen who have done some amazing things, not only for our school but for the entire district and community," said CSAS Principal Jim Boles at Thursday's school board meeting.