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School gym dedicated

May 11, 2001

School gym dedicated



Hancock

By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

For years athletes had to rise early or stay late to get practice time because of the limited gym space at the Hancock Middle/Senior High School.

"Some groups didn't get to play at all," said Mayor Daniel Murphy.

Those difficulties became a thing of the past with the completion of a more than four-year gymnasium construction project that cost nearly $500,000.

The school's new gym was dedicated Thursday evening during a ceremony led by Murphy and school principal Robert "Bo" Myers.

"I'm tickled to death to be here tonight and share the dream," said Murphy.

Murphy choked up while praising the efforts of his wife, Debbie Murphy, who spearheaded the project. He thanked the Washington County Board of Education, the Washington County Commissioners and local residents and businesses for their contributions.

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"There were times when the project stalled and we had to get on the same page. But it moved forward and it happened," said Murphy.

The 8,400-square-foot gymnasium was built on land near the main gymnasium at the school. The gym will be available for public use.

Myers said he was proud to be part of the Hancock community.

"I've seen great things happen here," he said.

Washington County School Board member Doris Nipps said she was pleased to have played a role in the partnership that made the gym possible. She commended the Murphys for their dedication and persistence.

"When Deb and Dan (Murphy) ask for something it's just not worth saying no. They'll keep on asking," she said.

At the end of the ceremony, instead of the cutting the traditional ribbon donors and key players in the gymnasium project gathered at the foul line to shoot baskets.

Former high school basketball players Washington County Commissioners Paul Swartz, John Schnebly and Bert Iseminger Jr. were a little rusty and failed to sink their shots.

"Projects like this bring everybody together," said Swartz.

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