Hundreds turn out for activity center ribbon cuttings
Students, former students, parents, and community members joined HEB ISD employees for the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the E. Don Brown and BJ Murray activity centers at LD Bell and Trinity high schools.
The activity centers were named for longtime principals Brown and Murray, who cut the ceremonial ribbon before the activity centers were open for public tours. Part of the ceremony included Board President Faye Beaulieu handing building keys to the two high school principals, Jim Bannister and Mike Harris.
Booster club representatives Steve Farco and Julie Cole also thanked the crowd for their support of the new Legacy Brick Gardens. This project is still in progress and bricks can be purchased by contacting campus booster clubs.
These facilities will provide much needed space for program needs. Both high schools were constructed in the 1960s when there were fewer sports available to both men and women. HEB ISD has repurposed and tried to retrofit existing spaces to accommodate these additional programs and activities, utilizing spaces that were not designed for these purposes.
The new activity centers have been designed to be multipurpose centers, affording additional space for athletics, drill team, cheerleading, band, and a host of other activities. Each activity center has:
• 82,000 square feet under roof that includes a 60-yard artificial turf playing field and a 10-yard end zone
• Four drop-down 70-foot batting cages (two on each end)
• Divider nets that separate the indoor playing area into three separate workout areas
• 6,000 square foot weight room
• Team/Film rooms
• Multi-sport athletic locker rooms and showers
With the addition of the new activity centers, several locker rooms at each campus will be relocated from the existing high schools into the new facilities. The vacated athletic/locker room space will be repurposed and renovated to increase locker rooms, as needed, and provide additional space for drill team, cheerleading, and band and orchestra practice rooms at L.D. Bell High School.
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