Wyandotte tennis courts dedicated to John Garvie

Garvie poses for photos after the ceremony with Superintendent Dr. Catherine Cost, Athletic Director Thomas DeSana, and school board president Robert Kirby.

On October 14, the tennis courts at the Board of Education were named after Wyandotte tennis coach and active community member John Garvie, who has been a tennis coach for over 30 years.
“One day he came up to the tennis courts, he was like what’s your name and ever since then, he’s been my buddy,” senior varsity tennis player Alex Moon said. “He helps coach varsity tennis with us, comes up over practice, and just overall a great guy.”
Coincidentally, the board meeting where the tennis courts were named in his honor was just a day before the boy’s varsity tennis team’s state tournament, as well as Mr. Garvie’s birthday.
“It was good to see him get recognized for all that he does for our community and our school.” senior varsity tennis player Hudson Hill said.
Garvie was surprised when watching the board meeting to hear that the tennis courts will be named after him.
“I’m 73 years old, and this is the best birthday surprise I’ve ever gotten,” Garvie said.
The naming of the tennis courts began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with athletic director Thomas DeSana, principals, and superintendent Dr. Catherine Cost were present along with other Wyandotte figures.
“Dr. Cost gave a speech and gave us the background of everything, then Mr. DeSana handed off the scissors to Mr. Garvie,” Moon said.
Garvie then finished the ceremony by cutting the ribbon in front of the newly named tennis courts. “I had tears,” Garvie said. “It was just so great.”
Garvie was one of the first tennis coaches at Wyandotte and also spent time teaching at Roosevelt. Garvie isn’t just known as a teacher and tennis coach, but for serving the community.
”He’s probably the most high-spirited person I’ve ever met and ever interacted with and probably the most optimistic person you’ll ever see or meet,” Hill said.
He currently still serves a role with the tennis team and helps out the players.
“I help out when I can or I’ll come hit with them,” Garvie said.
John Garvie is an important person in the community and the naming of the tennis courts is a show of gratitude by the community for all that he has done.