Old Gym Survives

Old Gym Survives

first_imgA recent article in the Indianapolis Star highlighted the basketball gym in Laurel.  It was the home of the Laurel Panthers basketball team until 1989 when they consolidated with Brookville and Whitewater to form Franklin County High School.  It is a typical gym from the 50’s and 60’s.  I know it had less than 10 rows of seats which reminds me of the Oldenburg Academy gym, except Laurel had a stage on one end.  Most small schools of that era had a stage on one end or the other of their high school gym.  I remember it well from my days at Whitewater because they were a County rival and member of our conference.In a town of 500, it is now a Community Center.  In these small communities the gym was the center of activity when there was a high school.  Today it still serves as a center of activity for Laurel. Kudos to those who worked hard to preserve it!last_img

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