School Board renames Godwin specialty center for beloved teacher


Todd PhillipsThe Henrico School Board voted Thursday to rename Mills Godwin High School’s specialty center for a beloved teacher and former center director. The Center for Medical Sciences will now become the Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences. The Board took the action at its monthly meeting.

Phillips was a longtime teacher, coach and center director who died in a car accident in June. Last year he led the center’s transition to a focus on medical sciences from its initial emphasis on math, science and technology.

Specialty centers are schools-within-schools that allow students to immerse themselves in a particular academic area.

Mills Godwin High School will celebrate Phillips’ life with the T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. at the school at 2101 Pump Road. The concert will benefit the T-Philly Memorial Fund, set up by Phillips’ family in his honor. His birthday is Oct. 30. Because Phillips loved playing music, organizers consider the concert a particularly fitting way to honor him. Concert tickets and commemorative t-shirts will be on sale at the door for $15 each. T-Philly Birthday Bash Concert

The five bands featured at the concert will be:

  • Fordson Labs.
  • Mis’Calculations.
  • TAP’d.
  • And student bands GTC and Open Late.