Dunbar has approved a plan to name the school's basketball court after legendary coach Bob Wade, who guided the Poets' boys program to national prominence during his tenure, mostly in the 1980s.
Wade, who is currently the coordinator of athletics for Baltimore City Public Schools, went 272-24 in his 11 seasons as Dunbar's coach.
Included was the 1982-83 national championship in which the Poets finished 31-0 and featured future NBA stars Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues, Reggie Williams and Reggie Lewis.
From the 1975-76 season through the 1985-86 season, Wade had four perfect seasons, won nine Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference titles and two national championships.
"I'm truly honored and feel blessed that it has come about," Wade said. "You put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the program, and I appreciate the recognition. It's a tremendous honor, especially when you can still smell the roses."
The request was approved by the Dunbar Advisory Board, its alumni association and then principal Kristina Kyles and athletic director Dana Johnson before being presented at the Baltimore City school board on Tuesday.
Johnson said no date has been set for the ceremony, but it will likely take place next season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun