Saint Louis Public Schools celebrated the life and legacy of Joseph Henry “Jo Jo” White at its Special Administrative Board meeting on May 30 by announcing plans to name the gymnasium at McKinley CLA High School in his honor. The 14-by-4-foot banner that will be mounted in the gym was displayed for attendees.
White’s sister, niece, great niece and great nephew were in attendance, with niece Sandra Callier accepting proclamations from the St. Louis Mayor’s Office and U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay’s Office and speaking on the family’s behalf.
White, who passed away on January 16, competed for Vashon High School, McKinley High School, the University of Kansas, the Boston Celtics and the Gold Medal-winning 1968 Olympics USA Basketball Team.
Along with being a key part of district championship teams while playing for SLPS, White was a two-time All-American at Kansas, won two national titles with the Celtics, was named the 1976 NBA Finals MVP and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015.