The late Claude Arthur Howard Jr. may be best known as the founder of Howard Lumber and Hardware, but his philanthropic works over the years earned him three Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
Howard has also been instrumental in the progress at Bulloch Academy. His sons Claude and Bill both graduated from Bulloch Academy and their children either attend, or have graduated from, B.A. as well.
Prior to Howard passing away in April, Bulloch Academy had begun plans to build an auxiliary gymnasium. Having only one gym, scheduling out time for boys and girls practices for both middle and high school teams was proving to be quite difficult.
The new building is part of the school’s Cornerstone Capital Campaign and reflects Howard’s commitment to Bulloch Academy — and especially to basketball. Both of Howard's sons — Claude and Bill — played basketball for Bulloch Academy. Bill’s son, Ashton, currently plays for the Gators, and all three made an inaugural shot during Wednesday’s program.
A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon as Bulloch Academy leaders, students, family and friends turned out to celebrate the occasion.
“Arthur Howard understood that a small private school like Bulloch Academy, can only thrive when devoted families have an unwavering faith in its future,” said Bulloch Academy Chairman of Bulloch Academy’s Cornerstone Capital Campaign. “He understood that if his children and grandchildren were to have a faith-filled, academically sound education, commitment was required.”
“Arthur left a legacy of hard work, Christian faith, and selfless generosity when he passed away in April 2019,” said Carol Howard, Arthur’s wife of 56 years. “Arthur’s life was about giving back what God had blessed him with.”
While basketball will be the primary sport played at the Arthur Howard Arena it will also be used for a variety of sports year round.
“The gym will be a multipurpose auxiliary arena that will be important to all B.A. sports, including basketball, archery, physical education, cheerleading, and wrestling,” said Bulloch Academy headmaster Leisa Houghton. “This dedicated space will relieve the constant wear and tear on the original gym, and prevent B.A. from having to rent space at other facilities.”
The ribbon cutting and dedication event also included the unveiling of a customized sign highlighting Mr. Howard’s intentional life, the presentation of a commemorative basketball to the Howard family, and a performance by the Bulloch Academy High School Praise Band.