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Bainbridge gym banners to reflect athletic history
The Bainbridge High School Athletic Department is seeking the community’s involvement in a project to recognize the history of Spartan sports.
The athletic department will replace Paski Gym’s current banners with a five-phase project that recognizes both team and individual athletic achievements.
“We did have information in the gym, but it was difficult to read,” Bainbridge Athletic Director Annette Duvall said. “It wasn’t organized in a manner that would provide a sense of true history and accomplishment – that’s what we’re aiming for. Even people whose eyesight is fading can read it and can point to something that they were a part of.”
The key to the project, she said, is ensuring a complete history is replicated on the walls.
“The WIAA has all of our trips to state but nothing else has our actual league or district championships in its entirety,” she said. “I think there are people on the island who might have that information,” she said.
Bainbridge’s history is unique because it has been in at least four athletic leagues – the Olympic League, the Metro League, the Wesco League and Independent – Duvall said.
The new banners will include league championships, district championships, state placements, individual state champions, All-Americans and state players of the year.
The first step will be putting up banners of the Metro League’s member schools.
“The second phase will be our league championship banners in chronological order that will state clearly what league we were involved in when that championship was won,” she said.
The third phase entails completing the district championship and state placement banners. Each team will have its own banner with its accomplishments listed chronologically. New achievements will be added to the banners as they occur.
The fourth phase will occur in the gym’s foyer, where banners will list the All-American athletes and state players of the year.
The last phase will identify the “Spartan Way.” The words “respect, integrity, commitment and resilience” will be incorporated into artwork which will appear in the fitness center windows.
“I want our gym to be a history lesson about where we’ve come from and where we are,” Duvall said.
Several partners have helped make the banners possible, she said.
“We’ve had a generous grant from our Booster Club,” Duvall said. “We have some allotted ASB money. We’ve had a donation from the Rotary and we are requesting and hoping that Kiwanis joins the team.”
BHS Athletic Director Annette Duvall with information on BHS’ athletic history.