Philly.com: For years, Philadelphia has struggled with its feelings about native son Kobe Bryant.
Awed by his skills, fans here have also disowned him, even booed him.
For sporting a Dodgers hat at a Phillies playoff game. For vowing to “cut their hearts out” when his Los Angeles Lakers beat the 76ers for the NBA crown in 2001. For acting like the superstar celebrity he is.
Over at Lower Merion High School, they know another Kobe. The alumnus who visits regularly, who chats with students and athletes, and who quietly donates his time and money.
On Monday, the Lower Merion School District cheered that superstar by agreeing to name Lower Merion High’s new gymnasium after arguably its most famous graduate. The decision follows Bryant’s latest donation – $411,000, the largest gift in district history.
“He’s a real role model for being a loyal alumni to a public school,” School Board President David Ebby said.