HORSE CAVE — Caverna High School recently named its basketball court after Clarence Glover, a Caverna graduate from the Class of 1967.
Before the basketball doubleheader against LaRue County in December, the high school held a Clarence Glover Court Dedication ceremony in the library, and then Glover was honored later that night between the girls’ and boys’ games.
Glover was born and raised in the Henry Town section of Horse Cave and went to the Horse Cave Colored School through the fourth grade, attending Caverna Independent Schools from grades five through 12.
As a senior at Caverna, Glover averaged 20 points and 24 rebounds per game and was named All-State, All-American and a Kentucky All-Star. He chose to play basketball at Western Kentucky University and is a member of the Hilltoppers’ 1971 NCAA Division I Final Four team, setting the NCAA Mid-East Regionals rebound record with 39 in two games and is listed No. 5 All-Time with 89 rebounds in five games.
After graduating from WKU, Glover was drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics.
Since most of Caverna’s other athletic fields have been named after people who have had a big influence on Caverna athletics, they decided to name the basketball court as well, Caverna Athletic Director Bryan Priddy said.
“With basketball being one of Caverna’s bigger sports, we put some time and thought into what to name the court,” Priddy said, adding that they wanted to choose someone who not only had a successful basketball background, but had also given back and been a positive influence in the community — which is why they chose Glover.
“We thought he was a great representative,” Priddy said.
After playing in the NBA, Glover became an educator and his roles include Purdue University assistant coach, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He was also named Roxbury High Teacher of the Year and Massachusetts Coach of the Year.
In 1996, Glover co-founded the Frenchburg Academy year-round boarding school in Kentucky, and in 2000, he received the Jefferson County (Kentucky) Public Schools Certificate of Excellence as a principal.
Giving back to the local community, Glover created the Clarence Glover Scholarship for a Caverna senior to attend WKU.
Priddy said he thinks Glover would say that his biggest impact is not basketball.
“Basketball has given him that arena to help kids and help the educational field,” he said. “So I think that’s really big.”
When Glover was honored at the LaRue County basketball doubleheader, Priddy said the atmosphere was outstanding.
“The LaRue County people gave him a standing ovation the same as Caverna,” he said. “It was just a good night overall.”
CHS Principal Matthew Bastin said they had CHS culinary students cater the ceremony held in the library before the basketball games.
“We tried to involve the kids as much as possible,” he said. “And that’s what Mr. Glover wanted.”
“The whole reason for naming the court after him is he wants the students of Caverna to know that if he can become an NBA basketball player and fulfill his dreams, that you can, too," Bastin said. “If you have goals and you want to go somewhere and be something awesome, yes, you can. His whole goal is for kids at Caverna to realize the alumni that are out there, and to know that there’s people from Caverna who have gone on to be doctors, lawyers, judges, NBA basketball players — and if you set your mind to it, you can do the same thing.”