Gymnasium named after Baker to keep his legacy alive
INDIANAPOLIS – The Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School honored Jim Baker, former vice president of the board and Columbus, Ind. native, on Friday, April 25, by announcing the renaming of their gym as the James K. Baker Memorial Gymnasium.
Baker, who was a beloved board member, passed away in July 2013 after he lost his battle to pancreatic cancer. He was an avid supporter and longtime board member of the Tindley charter school network in Indianapolis. Baker even received the Trailblazer Award from Tindley in 2012 for his dedication to Tindley staff and students.
“Jim Baker was an excellent board member, mentor and friend,” said Marcus Robinson, the school’s chancellor and CEO. “He is deeply missed and has left a momentous impact on this school. We are proud to continue his legacy through the renaming of our gymnasium, and educate future students on the remarkable things this man accomplished in his career and for this school. Jim was a true role model for us and his impact on this community and school will never be forgotten.”
Robinson along with speakers John Neighbours, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels and the founding Board Chair at Tindley, and Dirk Baker, family representative, announced the renaming of the gymnasium during a short ceremony on Friday to pay tribute to Baker for his years of support to Tindley. Also at the ceremony, Tindley’s graduating seniors declared their college choices, beginning an annual tradition for the college-preparatory school. The school hopes to keep Baker’s legacy alive through the gymnasium and further educate students on the impact the Columbus native had on Tindley.