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City To Designate Coach Ronald Booker Way
SAVANNAH (Sept. 25, 2023) – The City of Savannah will designate a portion of Hopkins Street, in front of Alfred Ely Beach High School, as Coach Ronald Booker Way on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 12 p.m.
The honorary designation was approved by City Council on Sept. 14, 2023. The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Hopkins St. and W. Victory Drive.
Ronald Booker was the head basketball coach for the Beach High School women’s basketball team for 34 years. He also served as an assistant coach for the boy’s team and as the athletic director. Following retirement from Beach High, Booker was named the special assistant to the head coach for the women’s basketball team at Savannah State University. He is an alumnus of both Beach High and Savannah State.
During his illustrious career, Booker led the Lady Bulldogs to 12 sub-regional titles, 22 regional championships, and made 30 state championship basketball tournament appearances. His teams were ranked by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in the state’s top 10 teams for 26 seasons. He concluded his coaching career with a 786-190 overall record.
Coach Booker was named the Savannah Area Coach of the Year 11 times, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association (GACA) Region Coach of the Year 21 times and the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2000. He was also named Teacher of the Year in 1995, 1999, and 2001.
The honorary street name designation is intended to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community. The designation does not interfere with the official name of the street.