Marching out of the past
But that’s exactly what happened.
Workers getting into access areas high above the gym stage found a “hidden” room containing athletic equipment, mostly shoes worn by the Tigers almost certainly a half century ago.
“We thought it was pretty cool,” contractor Thomas Dansby of Austin Titan said. “You look at that stuff and wonder who wore it and when.”
Dansby said there’s a similar area containing old furniture on the opposite side of the stage.
DUSTY—The room is about 20 feet above the stage. “We stepped inside and first thing we noticed were shelves,” Dansby said. “It had obviously been used for storage.”
The room wasn’t empty. More than a dozen shoes remained on the shelves and some shoulder pads were on the floor.
“It had obviously been used for athletic storage,” he said. “There’s no way to tell when the last time anyone was in here. But it’s been a long time ago. You can tell that by the dust.”
Some of the shoes have the famous “Chuck Taylor All-Stars” label, the most well-known athletic shoe until the 1960s.
Chuck Taylor joined the Converse company in 1921 where he designed the Converse All-Star. By the 1930s the shoe was the most popular in America and bore Taylor’s name.
Between 1955 and 1980 it was the junior-high gym.
It has served as the elementary gym since 1980.
This summer’s project marks the first time the 75-year- old building has ever been air conditioned.