The Board of Trustees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, with the endorsement of the ASB Alumni and Workers Association, have established that the gymnasium at Alabama School for the Blind’s Asbury Hall will be named the Ronald Garrett Arena in recognition of his athletic, educational and administrative accomplishments and for his contributions that have helped create a winning legacy for the ASB Redskins.
Alabama School for the Blind has developed a rich history of athletic competition that has produced a winning legacy at the state, regional and national levels in wrestling, track and cheerleading with Mr. Ronald Garrett establishing a benchmark for excellence at ASB in 1963 as he became the school’s first Alabama High School Athletic Association wrestling champion in the school’s history.
After his graduation from ASB in 1963, Mr. Garrett went on to become a member of the wrestling team at Auburn University where he earned a bachelor’s degree and later earned degrees from the University of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Mr. Garrett returned to ASB to serve as a teacher and coach for eleven years, encouraging further development of the athletic program and becoming a mentor to several school athletes who achieved state championship titles during his tenure. Mr. Garrett also served as principal of the Alabama School for the Blind from 1980 until his retirement in 1994. In 2003, Mr. Garrett was appointed by the Governor of Alabama to serve on the AIDB Board of Trustees – a position he still holds.
In 2017, the Alabama School for the Blind celebrates its 150th anniversary in serving children who are blind and vision impaired and the ASB Alumni and Workers Association marks its 100th anniversary as an organization that proudly embraces the accomplishments and tradition of excellence of their beloved alma mater.
Congratulations, Mr. Ronald Garrett and ASB on these momentous occasions. AIDB gives thanks for all you have done and continue to do.