Jay to honor Smith by naming gym in his honor

Ceremony set for Jan. 27 to honor coach who set records at Jay

John Clarence Smith already has his name etched in the history books at Jay High School for his many years of service to the school and on Thursday, Jan. 27, friends, family members, former students and more will gather inside the gymnasium to officially dedicate and name the school's gym as the 'John Clarence Smith Gymnasium'.

Smith, 96, was a 40-year educator in Santa Rosa County and spent 36 years at Jay High School as the head basketball coach among other duties.

At Jay, Smith's teams won 613 games and he was inducted into the Florida High School Athletics Associations' Hall of fame as a c...

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