The future is greater
I read with great interest Chris Wristen's sports article on Feb. 3 about the high school basketball team returning to the Intermediate School gym. It was a really good article that brought back memories of those early days at that gym when head basketball coach Grant Walkup called me to paint the Lions on the south wall and on the center of the court.
After I painted my part, Grant told me, "We are going to paint red everywhere in this gym. I want the opposing team to see red everywhere they look."
The walls are now a lighter value after being painted a lighter color. Because red is a dark value, it diminished the available light and made the gym look darker.
For history's sake, that was the new high school gym, and it was a great improvement to the gym where I played basketball, which was in the basement of the present Activity Center. It was so small you had to put your back against the wall to get out of bounds. This gym was used from 1923 to 1951, when the present gym was added.
The 1949-50 basketball team that went to the state tournament learned to play on an even smaller court that was in the basement of the present Zinser Apartments.
One of my fondest memories was when I spent six weeks in the present high school painting the Lions and lettering on the walls and the gymnasium floor. Painting the concrete blocks with red paint with a tapered 1-inch lettering brush was quite a task, but one I am proud of.
All of this reminds me that we need to continue to improve our school facilities as our citizens have done in the past.
The past is great, but the future is greater.