Guilford High fields press box to bear announcer’s name

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
By Rachael Scarborough King, Register Staff

GUILFORD — School officials are planning to name the press box at the Guilford High School fields after longtime football announcer Bo Mooradian.

The Board of Education this week voted to honor Mooradian after a group of community members sent a letter to Athletic Director Chip Dorwin, suggesting the move. Dorwin made a presentation to the Board of Education in April and then set up a committee to go over the naming, a standard procedure under board policies.

After the committee unanimously recommended naming the press box for Mooradian, Dorwin made another presentation to the Board of Education this week, and board members approved the naming.

Mooradian has been the school’s only football announcer since the early 1970s, when the football program was resurrected, Dorwin said.

“He has been the one and only P.A. announcer at our football games from day one,” Dorwin told the board Monday. He added that Mooradian may have missed “a handful” of games in that time.

Mooradian was part of a group that helped restart the Guilford High School football program, which had been dormant since the 1950s, Dorwin said. The athletic director at the time then asked him to do the announcing at the games, a volunteer position that he continues to hold.

This year, the school inducted Mooradian into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dorwin said there will be a ceremony to name the press box, which is about 10 years old, at a later date.

Board of Education members expressed their support for the move at Monday’s meeting.

“It seems highly appropriate for the press box to be named after Mr. Mooradian, who’s given so much,” board member Barbara Dudley said.

Board Chairman William Bloss described the move as “the least we can do.”

“It’s a small effort really for the amount of time and amount of energy he’s put in,” Bloss said.

Also at Monday’s meeting, board members thanked the two high school seniors who have served as student representatives and attended every board meeting this school year. Marissa Mohrer and Elizabeth Savrann received plaques commemorating their work and thanks from the board.

Two other graduating seniors, Lauren Trotta and Gabe Shore, received Student Leadership Awards from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. The students were also honored at this week’s meeting.

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