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Ernie's Elmira Legacy - Part 2

1961 Heisman Trophy Winner Ernie Davis

Editors Note: This is part two of a four part series on the legacy of Ernie Davis in his hometown of Elmira, New York. This is to show the very prominent position Ernie Davis still has in Elmira today, as well as lead up to the world premier of The Express in Syracuse, New York on Friday September 12th. Part one can be found here.

Ernie Davis went to Elmira Free Academy, one of the two public high schools in Elmira. At the time, it was located at 610 Lake Street in Elmira, before a new EFA was built across town. Notable alumni of EFA include Eileen Collins, Hal Roach, Tommy Hilfiger, as well as my mother. But when EFA moved across town and made its previous building a middle school, they renamed it to Ernie Davis Junior High. Now Ernie Davis Middle School, it has a very famous statue of Davis out front. It also has a plaque with very inspiring words. The statue itself is a pride of the city and the community and there is even a picture of it in the display case outside the Ernie Davis room at the Carrier Dome.

One of the highest honors a community can give to an individual is name a school after them, and Elmira did that for Ernie Davis. Every student that passes through school on the north side of Elmira will attend the school and learn of his legacy. This will continue to make sure that his sportsmanship and good nature will not be forgotten.

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