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'Darrell is the role model that our community is proud of': UofL basketball legend immortalized as street name

Darrell 'Dr. Dunkenstein' Griffith was honored with a street name in his childhood neighborhood.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — People celebrated a new street sign honoring Darrell 'Dr. Dunkenstein' Griffith Dec. 2 in front of his childhood home at 4101 Hale Ave.

Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-1) invited the public for the honorary street name unveiling Thursday. The portion of Hale Avenue from Cecil Avenue to S 40th St. will now be called "Darrell Griffith Avenue."

"I've always admired that no matter where he has gone, he never forgets where he came from. Darrell is the role model that our community is proud of," said Green.

Griffith is a Louisville native who played college basketball at the University of Louisville. Griffith led the team to four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, according to a press release from Green. 

Griffith won the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four title when the University of Louisville Cardinals won their first National Championship in 1980.

'Dunkenstein' continued his basketball career into the NBA and created the Darrell Griffith Foundation. He is a founding member and volunteer at the West End School in Louisville.

Griffith said his success was all because of his parents. He is thankful for his mom and wished his dad was here to see the street unveiling. 

"I know he's smiling," Griffith said.

According to the press release sent from Louisville Metro Council, coaches Denny Crum and Wade Houston, as well as former 1980 teammates, were invited to the ceremony.

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