The plan of the Board of Education to construct a new vocational building, incorporating a gymnasium and auditorium, could not be realized, due to the fact that the cost of construction exceeded the bonding capacity if the School City by more that 20,000.
|Community Gymnasium 1923 before brick facade|
|Community Gymnasium 1924 after brick facade|
The building committee then employed W. A. Bunker as superintendent of construction. During fair week vacation, boys of the high school volunteered work and began excavation for the basement, and dug trenches for the foundation and walls.
The committee than called for bids and let the contracts for the foundation and materials for construction. C. A. Redding, chairman of the building committee, took charge of the work in person, and the success of the project is due to his tireless efforts to get the building enclosed and ready for use during the present year. Much credit is due to carpenters and helpers, whose interest in the undertaking prompted them to put in extra hours and expend extra energy to hasten the work.
The dedicatory ceremonies were held on January 27-29. On the opening evening the school children gave a program. This was followed on the next afternoon and evening by a series of basketball games, with the formal dedication at a mass meeting Sunday afternoon.
Since the day if the opening the building has been in constant use. Extensive improvements have been made in staging and scenery. The building can be changed quickly from am attractive auditorium with a seating capacity of 2,000, to an excellent gymnasium with a playing floor fifty by eighty feet, and room to adequately accommodate 1500 spectators.
Through the contributions of citizens, $6,300 was raised, of which $5,200 has been paid. The total cost of the building to date is approximately $12,000.
The lot on which the building is located is leased to the Community Building Company. The Board of Education then rents the building from the Community Corporation. The building is still unfinished, and as soon as the funds are available the brick will be put around the outer walls.
The Annual Key 1922
Angola School Yearbook