EAST PROVIDENCE — The School Committee Tuesday night, June 10, approved the naming of the recently renovated East Providence High School gymnasium in the honor of Dr. Isadore Ramos and the court inside for Luis Carvalho.
Dr. Ramos’ accomplishments run the scale, from being an All-State wrestler at EPHS in the late 1950s to becoming a teacher and administrator in the system then being chosen as the City Council President and Mayor, the first-ever of Cape Verdean descent in the nation to be so elected.
Dr. Ramos’ tenure in the system included spells as vice principal at the high school and also an assistant superintendent of schools. Besides his time on the Council, he was also a member of the School Committee.
Mr. Carvalho, like Dr. Ramos, was an outstanding athlete in the late 1960s at East Providence High. He later returned to the school where he spent 34 years as a physical education teacher and legendary volleyball coach for both the Townies’ boys and girls programs.
Mr. Carvalho’s teams won nine Division I state championships, seven during his 25 years as the girls head coach and two in 13 seasons as the boys head coach. He later became head coach of the Rhode Island College women’s volleyball team and after that an assistant at Bryant University. He remains active on the sideline, coaching a charter school program in Atlanta, Ga. He also continues to help run the annual East Providence High Townie Volleyball Camps each summer.
Prior to John Carnevale’s effort to refurbish the EPHS gym last year, Mr. Carvalho at one point led an effort that removed and refinished all of the old wooden bleacher sections, something noted in the naming proposal put forth to the School Committee Tuesday night by Bobby Rodericks, the chairman of the East Providence High School Hall of Fame Committee.
Both Messers. Ramos and Carvalho are EPHS Hall members. New East Providence High football coach and Phys Ed teacher Jay Monteiro joined Mr. Rodericks in submitting the naming proposal for consideration.
Dr. Ramos’ name will be displayed on the gymnasium while Mr. Carvalho’s will be laid on the playing surface.