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Left Marty Verdugo the coach of the Santa Monica High School girsl Varsity basketball team stands next to Patty Verdugo the wife of fallen Norm Lacy former atheltic Director of the Santa Monica High School as Mrs. Lacy holds a Samo girls basketball jersey with his name on the back and the number he wore while playing football at USC after Verdugo presented this jersey to Mrs. Lacy to honor Norm's legacy inside the North Gym on the campus of Santa Moncia High School on Monday January 17th 2011 Prior to SAMOs game against the visiting La Jollia Conutry day Girsl varsity basketball taam. (photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — The late Norm Lacy, Santa Monica High School’s longtime athletic director who passed away last year, was honored before a girls’ basketball game on Saturday.

Head Coach Marty Verdugo presented Lacy’s widow, Patty Lacy, with a ring celebrating last season’s California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 1A title and a jersey bearing the number he wore during his days playing football at USC.

Verdugo said that he decided that the girls’ basketball program’s annual Westside Challenge was the appropriate time.

“Norm really meant so much to all of us at the school,” Verdugo said.