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Smith FHS Wall of Fame honoree

First learning an appreciation for high school basketball at that “other FHS,” Fulton High School, where he was a member of the state runner-up basketball team in 1962, David Smith’s school loyalties have shifted west.

Smith, a Farragut High School volunteer/booster best known for his free-of-charge carpentry skills and avid following of Admirals basketball since the mid-1990s, has been chosen for Farragut’s “Wall of Fame” in the foyer of Lynn E. Sexton Gymnasium.

Chosen by a four-person committee “of coaches and teachers at the school,” Smith’s credentials are “a little bit of everything” that include academics and band support, said Donald Dodgen, Farragut varsity boys basketball head coach.

“A very good fan and a very loyal person. He’s been a great asset to our program,” Dodgen added. “If you need anything done you call David, and David will come up here and fix it for you.”

Smith joins other Farragut honorees with a golden plaque, framed in black, inscribing his credentials and hanging on “The Wall of Fame” above the gym’s concession stand.

Dodgen pointed to various repair and construction work Smith has performed in the gym’s foyer, namely constructing both trophy cases standing alone in the middle of the foyer.

“He’s worked in my dressing room … he’s fixed bleachers out here for me,” Dodgen said. “And he’s also done things down in the band wing. … And he’s helped build things for the academic classrooms.”

First announced by Dodgen during the 2009 FHS Boys Basketball Banquet April 5 at Two Rivers Church, the “Wall” honor, Smith said, “Wasn’t necessary, but I was pleasantly surprised.”

Smith’s Farragut contributions go back to the mid-1990s and his support as a “band parent” of then FHS Marching Admirals Band members Jason Smith, now 29, and later his daughter, Mandy Smith, now 24.

“I ran the concession stand down there for the band for three years,” Smith said. “Then Don and I kinda got to know each other and be friends. I told him I’d help him out a little bit around here doing stuff like this.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of the program,” Smith added. “I just enjoy high school sports because I think that’s the last, true amateur sport we’ve got.”


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