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Denise Curry is a former basketball player, college and professional basketball coach, and a 1977 graduate of Davis High School.

While attending DHS, Ms. Curry played on 10 varsity teams, winning 10 league championships. Although she excelled in many sports, she is best known for her achievements in Women’s Basketball. During her varsity years, she scored 1798 points and averged 24.97 points a game. She was chosen to the first ever women’s Parade Magazine All- America team. Her jersey was retired in 1977.

After High School, she attended UCLA where she was a 4 year starter and three-time All-America. She led her team in scoring each of her four seasons and set 14 school records. She still holds the school’s mark as the all time leading scorer (3,198 points) and rebounder (1,310). She was a member of the 1980 Olympic team and a member of the gold medal winning 1984 Olympic team. Ms. Curry also participated in several other international basketball tournaments representing the USA including; the Pan American Games (Silver Medalist 1983, Gold medalist 1979), and the World Championships (Gold Medalist-1979, Silver 1983). Ms. Curry’s UCLA jersey was retired in 1990 and in 1998 she was voted one of the 15 Greatest Players in UCLA women’s basketball history. She continued her career in Europe as a professional basketball player from 1982-1990 where she was chosen as the French player of the decade for the 1980’s. Her accomplishments in basketball have led to her to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (One of only 11 female players.), the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Davis Senior High School Hall of Fame.

Following her playing days, Ms. Curry has been involved in coaching women’s basketball at the college and professional level, most recently at Long Beach State.



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