By Kyle Coppola
Leesburg High School Gym Renovation Project Begins
A Long Time Coming
Leesburg High School has officially begun an overhaul of its gym. The project began a few days ago as the gym gets much needed upgrades. The biggest upgrade will be the playing surface. The wood floor was at the end of its lifespan and a newly renovated court will take its place. Crews began stripping the gloss and pain off the surface of the floor which has not had a renovation this extensive in decades.
The floor has been a staple of Leesburg High for a very long time. Countless students and alumni have called the court home and now the gym gets a new lease on life. Unlike many other schools who would just knock the building down and start with a brand new gym, Leesburg is rich with history and tradition. The plan is to renovate the gym so it can have many more years in front of it.
The floor was a throwback to many of the early gyms in Central Florida. The gym goes back to the late 1970s and 1980s. The floor will be completely redone and painted to reflect the modern times. “Its a bit sad to see the old floor go said Shawnee C who graduated in 2014. But I know that future kids will be able to enjoy the court under the same roof like many classes before. I look forward to what the newly renovated gym will look like.”
The court will have a nice new finish come the summer time. The current floor was marked up and the gloss finish was almost non existant this year. The floor barely made it through the 2023 season but it held out long enough. The biggest challenge will be that Leesburg will be without a gym for a little while during the renovation. Overall the finished product is going to look terrific. The project will be done before the fall sports season.
The gym will also get updated championship banners, a fresh coat of paint and some other minor cosmetic changes that fans will be less inclined to notice. One thing that is being changed is the audio system. Athletic Director Spencer Hey told us that a brand new audio system shouuld be in place next year which should help the acoustics immensly.
We wish the Yellow Jackets the best of luck on the renovation project and we are excited to see the finished project soon!
Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.
For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.
Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.
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