Calvin Davis said he felt the need to get back into a position of authority soon after he retired from Chicago Public Schools in April.
Davis, who spent 30 years with CPS, looked into three opportunities before accepting a position as the assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso West in late June.
“I have very high hopes for having success at Proviso West, and enhancing the Proviso West program,” Davis said. “Proviso West has great potential to have an excellent program. I want to enhance and support their coaches and student-athletes and maximize their experiences. I also want to be a collaborative partner with Proviso East, and working together with them as our sister school.”
Davis held several jobs while working for CPS, including teacher, coach and administrator. He spent almost the last 10 years as director of sports administration.
“It was my chance to leave the CPS,” Davis said. “I had been there for so long and accomplished so much. It was time for a change. It was my call totally, and my decision to leave. I left on very good terms and I still have those relationships. I’ve dealt with almost every experience possible (at the CPS), and I think that will help me at Proviso West.”
Davis looked into athletic positions at Crete-Monee, Thornwood and Proviso West late in the spring and early summer before taking the job at West.
“Proviso West was the first to make me an offer, and I took it right away,” Davis said. “Proviso West was the most attractive of all three.”
Davis talked fondly of witnessing several teams win state titles during his time with CPS, including Simeon boys basketball in 2006, Jones becoming the first CPS cross-country team to win a state tile in 49 years in Class 2A in 2012, and Mather winning the first boys soccer state championship for a CPS school since 1973 in 2011 in Class 2A.
“I’m really proud of all the state championships, both team and individual, in my time working with the CPS,” Davis said. “I remember seeing Derrick Rose hit the game-winning shot to help Simeon win the state title in 2006. Seeing Jones and Mather winning it. Those memories are ones that I will always cherish. They were so rewarding.”