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North dedicates new court to Woodard

North High School dedicated its new basketball court to Lynette Woodard, who was a pioneer for woman’s basketball not only in Wichita, but nationally as well. She went on to star at the University of Kansas, the Olympics and the Harlem Globtrotters.

The decision to name the floor “Lynette Woodard Court” was partially made based on the board of education dropping “Redskins” as North’s mascot. From there, it made complete sense to have Woodard be the beneficiary of the new facility, especially with it being the 50th anniversary of Title IX.

“I went to district leadership and they asked if it I could pull it off,” North Athletic Director Tony Douglas said. “I said ‘of course’ and it turned out to be perfect timing.”

Douglas said Woodard was humbled by the dedication and fully gave her blessing.

“We gave her the option of being able to see it before we had the ceremony, but she didn’t want to,” Douglas said. “Seeing her humbleness and enjoyment was worth it.”

If there was any North student who did not know who Woodard was before the ceremony they are certainly aware now.

“She (Woodard) is in the building every couple of months so the kids see her around,” Douglas said. “But I think they take more pride in her now after the ceremony because they know she walked these halls and sat in the same classrooms.”

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