HUDSON — The newly renovated media center at the high school will reflect the legacy of a prominent past figure in the district's history.

The media center, which is currently undergoing renovations, will be named for Gerald M. Reeves, the district's longest-serving superintendent from 1981 through 1993. The move was approved 4-0 at a June 25 Board meeting.

"Gerry is absolutely highly regarded, and we value his contributions to the schools," said Board President David Zuro.

Board member Tom Tobin said that it was "a true pleasure to give this designation to someone so deserving."

Reeves was inducted into the Hudson High School Distinguished Hall of Fame in 2013, having led the Hudson City School District through unprecedented growth.

Reeves was involved in the building of all three phases of the former Middle School (East Woods), McDowell Elementary, two additions to the former High School (Middle School), and the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium.

He created the Hudson Public Schools Endowment Fund, which provides thousands of dollars in scholarship each year to graduating seniors. Established in 1990, the endowment fund received its first gift from Donald Barlow, a 1933 graduate of Hudson High School, in memory of his wife Emily.

The fund has continued to grow and has supported hundreds of seniors with thousands of dollars in scholarships. The fund also provides grants for continuing education grants for educators.

"In response to the Board of Educations resolution on Monday, I wish to thank you, as I have many special and happy memories of my 36-year career with the Hudson Public Schools," Reeves said. "I am sincerely humbled by this honor."

In 1993, the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce gave "The Tower Award" to Reeves.

Superintendent Phillip Herman said that "no one is more deserving of this honor."

"We are so fortunate to be standing on his shoulders today," Herman said. "We are pleased to have the newly renovated Hudson High School Media Center named for Gerald M. Reeves, and to pay tribute to an outstanding educational leader."

Herman said Reeves and his wife were "thrilled" by the surprise and honored to receive the news.

Reeves has been married to his wife, Yolanda, since 1958. They have four married children, Michele, Beth, Jennifer, and Jerry, and grandchildren.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Media Center will be Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Gerald M. Reeves Media Center. The public is invited.

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