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Athlete makes career at City College
City College volunteer Girtha Davis waits at Union Stadium’s entrance gate March 1 to collect money and stamp the hands of spectators attending the game. Photo by Staff Photographer | Dianne Rose | [email protected]

Girtha Davis has been a hard to miss fixture on campus since the late 1960s when she competed in basketball, softball, field hockey and track. She continues to be a daily presence even after retiring from the athletics department.

An accomplished athlete, Davis set the single game scoring record for City College women’s basketball, scoring 35 points in a game in 1968.

“I really enjoyed playing. My girls were the best,” said Davis of her teammates and her athletic career at City College.

Despite her storied playing career, Davis is known more for her presence off the court than on it. For the last half-century, she’s been a familiar face to students, alumni, faculty and staff.

As a student Davis obtained her first job on campus, working in the athletic department selling tickets at sporting events. After graduating from City College in 1969 with an associate degree in early childhood education, Davis was hired by the college as the physical education equipment manager; a position she held for the next 33 years until her retirement in 2003.

Upon her retirement, Davis—known by friends as “Girty”—was inducted into the City College athletics Hall of Fame.

“If you meet me and don’t call me Girty we’re going to have a problem getting close,” Davis said jokingly.

Since her retirement in 2003, Davis has returned to her role in ticket sales and volunteers at nearly every Panthers athletic event.

Davis originally hails from Natchez, Miss. She comes from a family of six and describes her upbringing as “simple.”

“I loved the town I grew up in,” says Davis. Davis moved to California after high school in 1967, after traveling here many times during her youth to visit.

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Davis said the most enjoyable aspect of her career at City College is the relationships it allows her to build, and the smiling faces that constantly surround her.

“It’s the best thing to meet new people all the time”, said Davis. “They keep me company and I love them. Seeing their happy faces is a pleasure to me.”

City College athletic director Mitch Campbell said he appreciates Davis’ service to the campus community.

“Girtha is a great asset to City College,” said Campbell. “We are really lucky to have her, she’s really dedicated to her job.”

After almost 50 years on campus, Davis said she enjoys coming back every day.

Karen Casterline, who works as a clerk in the Kinesiology, Health and Athletics Department and has worked with Davis at City College for 28 years, said Davis is a great ambassador for Panthers sports.

“Girtha encompasses athletics. She’s a dedicated individual. It’s great that she’s still here,” said Casterline.

Davis said she never gets tired of people telling her that they remember her from when they were kids coming to sporting events, or that they remember her from when they played sports at City College.

“I’m so glad they still remember me. That means I haven’t changed that much,” says Davis. “But, really, I do enjoy this job. I love the people I get to meet and the relationships I get to keep. It’s those little things that keep me here.”

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