By Shannon Rigbsy, MPS Communications
For more than 65 years, the circa 1948 gym served the students and staff of Mustang Public Schools. The peeling gray block structure which became known as the PE building in recent years had reached a point where spending more than half a million dollars to simply bring the building up to code made it impractical to keep as an instructional facility. The building was razed on Aug. 11 to make room for a state-of-the art science academy for higher-level sciences.
Before the demolition though, half of the old gym floor was removed to create keepsakes for those who would like a tangible reminder of the memories of dances, basketball games, graduations and more which were held in the building. The Mustang Public Schools Foundation will be selling sections of the floor measuring one foot by two feet with a commemorative plate attached for $25 each.
A booth will be set up to sell the pieces at Mustang’s Western Days and also at home games of Mustang Broncos Varsity Football at Bronco Alley beginning with the matchup between the Broncos and the Yukon Millers on Friday, Sept. 1. Stop by Bronco Alley, which will be set up on the south side of Bronco Stadium from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to find the MPSF booth. Bronco Alley is a new addition to Friday night football with booths ranging from restaurant and other food vendors to local businesses and organizations.
The Mustang Public Schools Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for teachers and students across the district. Once a year teachers have an opportunity to apply for a grant to fund a unique learning opportunity for their students that is above and beyond the normal curriculum provided by the district. To learn more about the foundation, go to www.mustangpsfoundation.org/about.