Dwight Fraze, a native of Fort Wayne, was a 1967 graduate of Fort Wayne Northside High School. He earned a degree in education from Indiana State University in 1972 and a Masters of Science from Ball State University in 1977. Dwight began his professional career as an educator at New Castle in the fall of 1972, teaching Spanish and driver’s education. During his tenure at New Castle, Dwight assumed many extracurricular duties, including equipment manager, assistant coach and athletic trainer.
His loyalty to athletic training earned him his nickname, “Doc”. He was the athletic trainer for the Trojans from 1972 to 2011. During those thirty-nine-years, Doc received his National Athletic Training Association certification (1985), was named the trainer for the Indiana South All-Star Baseball Team (1986), participated in the Pan-Am Games as a trainer (1987), and was a trainer for the Olympic Trials (1991). He became licensed by the State of Indiana in 1995 and was named the Indiana Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1997. He became an examiner for the National Athletic Training Association in 1997.
As the Trojan athletic trainer, Doc spent countless hours on the athletic fields, courts and sidelines. He logged many miles in big yellow buses, traveling to and from athletic events and was on site for hundreds of six -day weeks. Although Doc’s job as athletic trainer was mainly behind the scenes, he was always center stage for our athletes, our coaches and our programs.
In June, 2011, after thousands of athletic events, with hundreds of teams, and after caring for thousands of athletes, Dwight “Doc” Fraze, classroom teacher and athletic trainer, retired from New Castle Schools. Upon his retirement, the Training Room was named after him in his honor.