Archive for Thursday, February 8, 2007

Game marks closing of South’s gymnasium

February 8, 2007


Saying goodbye isn't always hard to do.

Take South Junior High School's gymnasium, for example. The time had come Wednesday - after more than 39 years - to bid farewell.

The ninth-graders' boys basketball game against Basehor-Linwood after school Wednesday marked their last as junior high school students and the last game in the South gym.

A new school is being built behind the original junior high at 27th Terrace and Louisiana Street.

The gym and the rest of the school, which opened in January 1969, will be demolished this summer.

"The other facilities we play at are so much bigger, and we've outgrown this space," said Connie Gentry, a parent of a basketball player.

The new school will feature two gymnasiums - one for practice and one for games.

For South's principal, new playing facilities are part of a larger solution.

"We're due for a new building. The wiring for the computer systems, the ventilation system is old, it's dark," said Principal Will Fernandez. "There's, like, 2 percent natural light coming in."

The new school is scheduled to open in August.


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