On Thursday, the West Elementary Gymnasium will receive a new name in honor of a longtime Alton teacher and coach.
The school district will name the gym in memory of Stan McAfoos after receiving unanimous approval from the Alton Board of Education. A small dedication ceremony will be hosted at 3 p.m. in the West Gym at 1513 State St. in Alton. The gym is the former location of Alton High basketball practices and games where McAfoos spent so much of his coaching career.
McAfoos played basketball for Alton High from 1958 to 1960. He was then a teacher for more than 30 years at the school and served as athletic director for 14 years. Over his 17 years as the Alton High head boys basketball coach, he amassed a number of significant accolades and benchmarks, including being the winningest boys’ basketball coach in Alton High history. His teams won six
regional titles (1978, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988 and 1989). He was also the Illinois
Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year in 1979, boasting a team record that year of 23-3. McAfoos was also inducted into the Alton High Wall of Fame in 2013.
Alton School District Superintendent Kristie Baumgartner stated that dedicating the West Gym after McAfoos is very fitting.
“When you consider the amazing career of Coach McAfoos, both in the classroom and on the court, it’s wonderful to have this gym, where he spent countless hours, named in his honor,” she said.