The Lower Merion School Board has agreed to name a new high school gym after National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant.
The decision followed a $411,000 gift from Bryant, a Lower Merion graduate who has led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA Championships. The donation is the largest ever to the school district. He also led the Lower Merion Aces to a state championship in 1996. An assistant coach and friend of Bryant’s says he wanted to keep the donation anonymous, but the school board had to put it on a public meeting agenda when it voted on a contractor for the gym. Superintendent of Schools Christopher McGinley says the decision reflects more than the one gift. He says Bryant has made other gifts in the past and has visited the school frequently to talk with students and staff.