Officials, community members, donors and students gathered Monday at Clinton High School to celebrate the official groundbreaking for construction of a new, $1.6 million-dollar, multi-sport facility.
The 12,000 square foot building will replace the aging football fieldhouse that was constructed in the late 1980s with what is described as a state-of-the-art facility that will serve not only the football team, but numerous other athletic teams, as well as the school’s ROTC and Robotics teams and the dance and cheer squads.
The two-story building will feature a 35-yard-long artificial turf practice field with a 40-foot high ceiling, a film room with stadium seating, a training room, a two-level weight room, offices for coaches, a conference room, men’s and women’s bathrooms, an 80-person locker room and a sound system throughout the facility.
The project was first thought of about two years ago and since then, fundraising efforts have been underway, bolstered by a $200,000 commitment to the facility from the County School Board. As those efforts have ramped up in recent months, Hollingsworth Company founder and owner Joe Hollingsworth came on board and has expedited the process.
First-year CHS principal Dr, Caleb Tipton said, “As a former student, and now the principal, I could not be more thrilled to see the completion of a facility that can do so much for so many students. This was a big dream, but it was a dream the staff and community got behind and supported because we believe that our students deserve the very best. This facility will stand long after my time at Clinton High School is done, but it will be a lasting testament to yours, and to this community’s dedication to improve the lives of our students and our children. Thank you so much for making history.”
Joe Hollingsworth said that while the facility should make an impact on the school’s football program, the benefits of an ambitious project like this go far beyond just Friday nights in the fall. “While each and every student should participate in something in this facility, one of the largest benefits is for it to give the high school a more clear direction, something to be excited about, some success to build on.”
The facility is scheduled for completion by August 1st, a little over two weeks before Clinton’s opening game of the 2017 football season, an August 18th home game against Scott County.
We have pictures from Monday’s ceremony on our website at wyshradio.com. Video of the ceremony is also available through the football program’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CHSDragonsOnTheRise/.