This summer, Vincent Rainey, a class of 1993 Fairley High School alumnus was inducted into the Murray State University (MSU) Athletics Hall of Fame. In an interview with MSU, Rainey reflected on this accomplishment and recognized those who supported him on his journey.
"When I first got the call that I was going into the Hall of Fame, it was bittersweet," Rainey told MSU. "I wish my mother and Gearl Suiter were here to see this. I would like to thank all of my teammates, coaches, and trainers from every team that I played on and Murray State University and all the people that helped me directly and indirectly. In my high school days through Murray State.
Today at Fairley, our athletics programs support students in developing the talent, resilience, and commitment needed to meet the educational demands of college, in the classroom and within their respective sports.
At Fairley, Rainey played basketball under Coach Sylvester Ford. In his senior year, Rainey was named MVP and helped Fairley become Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Champions. Rainey’s athleticism and skills on the court caught the eye of MSU coach Scott Edgar. After graduating from Fairley, Rainey began attending MSU where he became a standout player on the MSU Racers basketball team. Rainey, a 6-4 forward, helped the team win two Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Championships in 1995 and 1997. He’s also one of only 13 MSU players to be three-time All-OVC selections. On the Racers, he averaged 16.7 points and ended his career with an impressive 1,888 points.
We are proud of Rainey and his accomplishments on and off the court. His journey from Fairley to college and career success serves as a reminder of the important role athletics plays in the lives of students. Athletics provide students with unique opportunities to enhance the skills developed in the classroom and put them into practice.
The Tennessee Department of Education invited Green Dot Public Schools to lead Fairley in 2014. Under Green Dot’s leadership, each Fairley student has participated in a rigorous, college-prep-focused, academic program combined with small class sizes, multi-tiered support, and access to enriching extracurricular and athletic programs. The conjunction of vital hard skills and soft skills makes certain that students graduate from Fairley well rounded and capable of confronting life’s challenges and achieving their goals.