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Vicksburg High School Gym Receives Facelift

muralA Bulldog wall mural, freshly painted walls, new wall pads, and new scoreboards are among the improvements in the Vicksburg High School gym, the gym’s first facelift since its construction in 2001.

The improvements are the joint effort of the Vicksburg Athletic Boosters, the Vicksburg Foundation, and the Vicksburg Athletic Department. The Boosters contributed 60 percent of the $50,000 price tag, with the Foundation and the school each contributing 20 percent.

The massive Bulldog wall mural was done by Dave Wiley of Wiley Wall Graphics of Atlanta, Georgia. The stunning feature-wall is framed by freshly painted walls, as well as the addition of new wall pads.

The new scoreboards have upgraded features including the ability to list player numbers; kills and digs for volleyball; fouls and points scored for basketball; as well as wrestling statistics. The enhanced scoreboards are complemented by new score tables. All of these improvements are capped off by the display of a new American flag.

Jim Mallery, Vicksburg Athletic Boosters President, is proud of the role the Boosters have played in this shared endeavor, noting that the facility is used by basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and competitive cheer, as well as for school and after-school activities. The gym has also been used recently for district and regional events, showing the far-reaching benefit of these improvements.

Future improvements planned include having the floor resurfaced next year at an anticipated cost of $40,000, to be accomplished through Booster fundraising. Three years ago, $25,000 was put into a new sound system in the gym.

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