The original Boise High School gymnasium was built in 1936 by the Works Project Administration, which was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal plan to lift the country out of the Great Depression. A music building was added in 1956.
At a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony, students and staff told stories about cold classrooms and a leaky roof, but all that is now history. Thanks to a $172.5 million bond passed by voters in 2017, the “old” gym is now a state-of-the art gymnasium that seats 2,000 people, accompanied by spacious performing arts classrooms, instructional space and practice rooms — along with a weight room, wrestling room and locker rooms.
An auxiliary gym had already been built as a result of a bond in 1996. “Now we have two very up-to-date gyms and lots of good instructional space,” said Principal Robb Thompson.