Former Bunnell High athletic director Dave Johnson is going to have the school's gymnasium named after on Feb. 11. (File photo by John Nash)

Bunnell High to name gymnasium after former AD Dave Johnson

The Bunnell High School athletic department has announced that its gymnasium is going to be named after former longtime athletic director David Johnson.

The school will dedicate the gym to Johnson during a ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., before the Bulldogs host arch-rival Stratford High.

Johnson began teaching in Stratford in 1979; two years later, he became athletic director at Bunnell High School, a post he held until 2015.

In his 37 years at the school, he coached track and field, basketball and cross country, then held numerous officer positions with the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors (CAAD) and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).

He served the South West Conference in many roles since 1996, prior to assuming the commissioner post five years ago. Among the dozens of accolades he has received are the state Athletic Director of the Year from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association in 2010, and the National Athletic Director of the Year from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2011.

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