CHAMPAIGN — Tom Harrington Sr. will be remembered with a honorary street sign just outside the high school he doggedly pursued during his lifetime.
Saber Drive between Mattis Avenue and Olympian Drive — just outside The High School of St. Thomas More — will be known as Tom Harrington Sr. Way after the city council approved the special street name on Tuesday.
Harrington was born and raised in Champaign and was a model citizen, according to the biography written by Cathy Rector, who nominated him for the honor. He was a public defender in Champaign County before joining his father's law firm, and he was the lead fundraiser and cheerleader for the creation of The High School of St. Thomas More.
Harrington, 81, died at his home in Champaign on Aug. 8.
"I knew him as a community leader, a community supporter, and he was highly instrumental in making The High School of St. Thomas More a reality," Rector told the city council on Tuesday night.
Harrington was a prolific developer. Working with longtime partner George Shapland, he had a hand in the Devonshire, Devonshire South, Stratford Park, Glenshire and Trails at Brittany residential subdivisions.
Harrington also served on the Carle Foundation Board of Trustees from 1988 to 1997. He was the chairman of the board from 1991 to 1993.
But his lifelong dream — which he achieved with The High School of St. Thomas More — was to bring a Catholic high school to Champaign.
"On behalf of my family, this was quite an honor," said his grandson, Patrick Harrington. "And he was quite passionate about The High School of St. Thomas More."