Pupils Will Have New Gymnasium
Cliffside, July 2—The old Baptist Church building is now being practically rebuilt and is to be converted into a fine gymnasium for the use of students of the Cliffside School this fall. The structure was sixty feet in length and forty-eight feet in width and an addition of twenty-three feet has been made to it. A splendid basketball court is to be constructed and at the end which faces the street a gallery for spectators has been built. It is twelve feet in width and has two stairways, the one at the left leading directly out of doors and the other in the floor of the new gymnasium. It will seat probably seventy-five spectators comfortably.
Dressing rooms and showers
At the other end of the building, facing the gallery, the dressing rooms had already been constructed and later modern showers and other toilet facilities will be installed. The steeple is to be removed, and a new floor will be laid. The latest and best type of gymnastic equipment will be put in before school opens in September. The basketball court will not have any posts to interfere with the play and, when finished, will be the best of any of the schools of the County. It will, of course, fill a long felt want of the school and be of inestimable benefit to all the scholars as in the winter time they can get their systematic exercise in it. It will enable the basketball team to practice in any kind of weather. This they could not do last winter as they did not possess an indoor court,
The old Baptist Church, soon to be the Cliffside High School Gymnasium, is but a short distance from the school plant, being about seventy-five or a hundred yards away, and on the opposite side of the street. At present about half of the work has been done under the direction of Mr. Tom Biggerstaff, the chief carpenter of the Avondale Mills. Mr. C. H. Queen is the foreman on the job and the workmen are Messrs. D. L. Moorehead, S. L Beam, and C. M. Blanton, all of Avondale.
This item was printed in The Sun on July 2, 1927.