Construction To Begin On New Gym At Hume Fogg
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For years, Hume Fogg High School's athletic teams have been able to compete, despite not having a fully functioning gym. Next month starts a new era at the historic downtown location.
Over the years, administrators and students at Hume Fogg High School have taken steps to preserve its historic downtown location. But take the stairs up to the third floor, turn the corner and you'll find the gym is an area the school has definitely outgrown.
"It's really old and the ceiling falls on the ground a lot," senior Alize Prather said.
The current gym is mainly used for physical education classes.
"It looks very like, very 1900s," Prather added.
That's because that was around the time when it was built. A yearbook photo from 1938 shows not much has changed.
"As a basketball coach, shooting a three-pointer you couldn't arch the ball like you normally could," Assistant Principal and former coach Kelly Harned said about the low the ceilings. "And obviously the three-point line doesn't go all the way around."
The gym doesn't meet regulation requirements, forcing Hume Fogg's teams to use other facilities in the district. Being on the third floor is also a problem, because any activity disturbs the classes below.
For nearly a decade, Harned has kept newspaper clippings announcing that a new gym was on the way.
"I held onto them. I wanted to make sure it was going to happen," he said.
Finally next month, construction will begin on a $7.2 million addition along 8th Avenue. It will include a gym that seats 1,500, locker rooms, offices and underground parking that will be completed by the summer of 2015.
"I think they'll definitely be more participation in going to the games and stuff if they can be right here," senior Kim Brochocki said. "How neat will it be for us to be playing games downtown?"
After years of waiting, some still have to see it to believe that the back and forth has ended and Hume Fogg will finally have home court advantage.
Despite not having a full gym, this year Hume Fogg's Girls basketball team made it to regional's. Its Girls volleyball team is second in the state.