Chris VanderSlice worked for the district for 17 years as a teacher, principal and administrator. Now, his impact on the district and community will live on.
On Jan. 18, between the girls and boys basketball games, the east gymnasium was named in honor of late principal. VanderSlice, who died in 2017 at age 40, is remembered for his adventurous spirit and dedication to the community.
“Mr. VanderSlice’s legacy still rings through each time the word ‘grit’ is mentioned, or a funny story is told about his larger-than-life personality,” said high school Principal Adam Lancto, who took over at the high school as VanderSlice battled leukemia.
The dedication of the gym stems from VanderSlice’s passion for basketball, having played for Hope College.
The gym dedication is in addition to a mural painted by students last year outside the entrance to the gymnasium that features a rock climber — another one of his passions — surrounded by words of inspiration.
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