Henderson shows off student activities center

By Ryan Peterson - bio | email

HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) -  It's a great time to be a Henderson Lion.  The football team just won it's first state championship.  Now the school is celebrating the completion of the student activities center.  The project cost 5.5 million dollars and took about one year to complete.

"We want to make sure everyone understands this is not just a football facility," said Henderson I.S.D. Superintendent Keith Boles.  "It's going to be used for all sports including our band, cheer leading, drill team, twirlers, everyone will have use of it."

The facility is over 64 thousand square feet.  It has an full 80 yard artificial turf field.  Locker rooms were built for the boys and girls soccer and track teams, as well as the baseball and softball teams.  The basketball and volleyball locker rooms were also renovated.  Here's a list of the facility features.

- 52, 020 square feet practice field
- 14, 421 square feet locker rooms and offices
- Full artificial turf field
- 3 athletic offices/lobby, reception area
- Fully equipped athletic training room
- Fully equipped weight and conditioning room
- Girls locker room
- Boys locker room
- Full sized class room with state of the art technology
- Mechanical dividers to separate practice field into 3 separate facilities
- Video tower

Henderson athletic director Dickey Meeks says the improvements were badly needed.

"We were way behind the times as far as dressing rooms and rest rooms space and all," said Meeks.  "When that gym was built in 1979, there was probably only two or three sports played in the whole school. Now we have seven or eight and they were just on top of each other."

Students will be allowed to move into the new locker rooms on Monday.  A community open house will be held on Sunday.

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