The legacy of the late Cypress Falls High School custodian, David “Boat” Boatright, will live on in the form of the David Boatright Memorial Scholarship. In order to perpetually fund the scholarship through the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF), a David Boatright Memorial Scholarship Auction will be held on Sunday, June 9 from noon to 3 p.m. at the VFW Post 8905 (21902 Hempstead Highway).
The first annual recipient of the David Boatright Memorial Scholarship, Cypress Falls senior Miriam Miles, is pictured second from left. Pictured with Miles are (L-R) Cy-Fair HS head basketball coach Barry Townley, and Chris and Mary Brandon, longtime family friends of Boatright.
Boatright, who passed away on Dec. 31, 2012, following 18 years as a custodian at Cypress Falls, was a lifelong sports fan and memorabilia collector. His extensive collection, including authenticated autographs from sports legends and thousands of sports cards, figurines and bobbleheads, will be sold off through Magnolia Gardens Auction House.
Cy-Fair High School head boys’ basketball coach Barry Townley, a friend of Boatright’s since college, helped organize the event as a way to honor a man who always took time to honor those around him.
“We wanted to do this for David because he was the most selfless guy in the world,” Townley said. “He would do stuff for you and want nothing in return. Now he’s going to have a scholarship with his name on it forever. There’s nothing better than that.”
Townley said the goal is to raise $20,000 over the next seven years in order to make the scholarship perpetual through the CFEF. Due to advance memorabilia sales, the fund has already generated more than $9,500.
The scholarship will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,000 to a graduating senior from Cypress Falls who exemplifies the servant heart that Boatright was known for. The first annual David Boatright Memorial Scholarship winner, Cypress Falls senior Miriam Miles, was named last week.
Cypress Falls principal Becky Denton said the scholarship will be a fitting tribute to a man once dubbed “The Most Important Person at Cy Falls” by former principal Sue Pope.
“He was like no one I’ve ever met,” Denton said. “He had such a heart for the underdog and he took care of everybody. He was so humble and would never let us do anything for him. This is our chance to do something for him.”