Riverside renames gymnasium in honor of Jim Forbes


Riverside High School honored former coach Jim Forbes on Monday evening by renaming its gym after the legendary El Paso figure.

Forbes coached the Rangers for 20 years, taking over in 1984 and leading them to the Final 4 in 1995. He now presides over Andress and has led them to similar success.

Forbes is one of the greatest athletes ever to emerge from El Paso. He was an All-American at Bel Air, then played for Don Haskins at UTEP and was a 2-time All-WAC selection. UTEP inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 2011. In 1972, Forbes played on the United States Olympic team that won silver in Munich, Germany.

He was drafted into the NBA by the Chicago Bulls, but never played because of a knee injury. After his injury, he transitioned into coaching and was an assistant under Haskins, before taking over at Riverside.

As a coach, Forbes has won over 600 games in 34 years on the bench.

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