Atlanta Technical College renovates building named after baseball legend Hank Aaron

ATLANTA — A local college honored Atlanta legend Hank Aaron on Wednesday.

Atlanta Technical College held the “Hank Aaron Celebration of Legacy” at the facility on its campus that was named after Aaron in 2020, a year before he passed away.

Channel 2′s Steve Gehlbach was at the school in southwest Atlanta, where the school announced plans to renovate the facility that bears Aaron’s name.

Currently, around 6,000 students attend the school, but the goal is to grow to eventually grow to 10,000.

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Drawings shown on Channel 2 Action News at Noon show the $30 million renovation and expansion, which will include a new bookstore, lounge, food pantry and more.

Atlanta Technical Center is also launching a new small business development center on campus in the spirit of Aaron’s life of being an entrepreneur and business owner once he left baseball.

Billye Aaron, Hank’s wife, thanked the college for keeping her husband’s legacy alive and moving forward.

“It is what he would want. It is what he would be so pleased with,” she said.

She also got emotional hearing of the major renovation plan that would help students south of I-20 in the community Hank invested so much in.

“It means the world to us…and when I leave here, I have to go by and whisper to Henry Aaron that they are going to rebuild or expand the Hank Aaron building,” she said.


Last Sunday marked two years since Aaron’s death.

This coming Sunday, Feb. 5, would have been his 89th birthday.

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