A little more than two months ago, the Grandview Heights High School community mourned Steve Hall's death.

A little more than two months ago, the Grandview Heights High School community mourned Steve Hall's death.

Last weekend, hundreds of people gathered at Ohio State University's St. John Arena to celebrate his life.

Hall died Feb. 17 at age 44 after a long battle with colon cancer.

He was an all-state boys basketball player at Haviland Wayne Trace in northwest Ohio and was a four-year letter-winner at OSU. Hall taught math for 18 years and coached girls basketball and girls tennis at Grandview High School. Most recently, he was an assistant coach for the boys basketball program.

An anonymous donor provided the funds to rent St. John Arena for the celebration, held Sunday, April 19.

Everyone who attended received a Steve Hall basketball card. The front of the card featured a vintage photo of Hall in his No. 42 OSU jersey; the back included facts about his life and career and a tribute to the man whose impact "on the world will allow him to live on. To all those he met, he will never truly be gone."

"This is a great day," said high school Principal Ken Chaffin in remarks to open the event. "The OSU community, Wayne Trace community and Grandview Heights community -- today we're all one community to celebrate 'Steve Hall 42 Strong.' "

The elements of the celebration mostly were suggested by Grandview students, Chaffin said.

Time and again, students would use the words caring, kind, funny and loving to describe Hall, he said.

"Every one of you can be caring, kind and loving every day" to spread Hall's legacy and impact, Chaffin said.

The day's activities included a pay-to-play basketball game on the St. John court as well as a game that pitted high school basketball players against a squad of teachers and administrators.

The game was interrupted in the second half with a student-led dance to the song Cupid Shuffle. The dance was in honor of the joy Hall took in dancing at proms and other events.

Although the game was tied at halftime, the students pulled away in the second half and won 44-26.

School staff members also paid to play; all of the proceeds from the two games will go to the Steve Hall Memorial Fund. The fund will be used to award scholarships in Hall's memory. Teachers will nominate students who demonstrate strong character traits for the scholarships.

A Steve Hall trivia contest also was part of the celebration, and attendees were invited to speak on how they will remember Hall.

Jack Davis, a member of the high school's Class of 2010, said Hall "made high school a better place for people."

Hall was a math teacher who was able to make a connection with students, whether or not they liked math, Davis said.

"He was able to reach us all," he said.

Junior Jackson Furbee remembered how Hall volunteered to give him a short basketball clinic when he was in seventh grade.

Furbee said he had decided to try out for basketball, "but I had very little basketball capabilities."

Hall "was such a funny guy. He was a natural teacher," he said.

"I learned more in those 20 minutes (of basketball instruction from Hall) than I did in the next two years," Furbee said.