Palo Alto High School's "Big Gym," where NBA star Jeremy Lin played and famed wrestling brothers Dave and Mark Schultz grappled, was demolished on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, to make room for a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art sports complex.
Crews began knocking down walls, crunching wood and hauling out metal beams at about 7 a.m. A group of spectators gathered at the bleachers by the beloved gym to watch the demolition, including a class of P.E. students who went "ooh" and "aah" as two diggers knocked down parts of the building.
Demolition will take up to 10 days, according to Bob Golton, the school district's bond programs manager.
A new athletic center, funded in part by a local family who have sent three generations of members to Paly, is planned for the site. The Peerys have donated $24 million to help build the new gymnasium.
The planned sports complex two gyms connected by an enclosed loggia, or hallway will wrap around three sides of Paly's existing swimming pool. The dedicated square footage for Paly's athletic purposes will more than double the current space, according to the school district.
The gym was home to Paly boys basketball and girls volleyball, which won state titles in 1993 and 2010, respectively, as well as decades of sock hops, proms, concerts and private milestones.
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