Mustang studies future of old gymnasium

Mustang's old high school gym is currently used for storage and by the school's ROTC program, but needs an extensive renovation.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: November 8, 2012
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— Mustang High School alumnus Don Bennett spent many winter nights playing basketball in the school's old gymnasium.

The gym was built in 1945 and was home for decades to Mustang basketball games and dances. Bennett graduated in 1955.

“There are so many fond memories that came out of there,” Bennett said. “I graduated in that building, and we had carnivals there, even a funeral. When you look back on your school days, a lot of what you remember happened in that gym.”

A new facility with gymnasium was built in the late 1960s. Since then, the old gym has been used for storage and by the high school's ROTC program.

At a recent school board meeting, Jeff Woodard, director of bonds and construction, told the board it would cost $40,000 to tear it down and about $10,000 to paint it.

Officials are still determining how much it would cost to renovate the gym, but it likely would be much more than the cost of painting it, Mustang Public Schools spokeswoman Mary Lever said.

“It's the oldest building on our campus,” Lever said. “It needs many things to get it to the point where it could be used by students. It needs a new floor, and plumbing. The wiring is all original from the time it was constructed. The roof also leaks. There are a lot of problems with it.”

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