By Shane Fitzsimmons/Kris Leonhardt
Press Times staff
GREEN BAY – On Wednesday, Nov. 1, Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS) and West High School broke ground on an addition to the high school for a new weight room and wrestling space.
The work was made possible by the passage of the 2022 referendum.
“It’s been a long road; it was referred me to back in 2022. It’s coming to fruition now. The voters have spoken, back in 2022. Now they see, you know, where their vote [is] working,” said West High Principal Dexter McNabb.
“So, now we’re going to have a chance to have nice, new facilities for a student-athlete to be able to compete. And other schools, when they come to see West High School, they can see that ‘hey, some nice things are going.’ Maybe we can recruit some kids from some different districts.”
McNabb, who spoke to guests along with GBAPS Superintendent Dr. Claude Tiller, Jr., said that the addition was needed on several levels.
“We have a weight room and everything but you know, it’s starting to outgrow its space. You know, an update will give our kids a level of competitiveness; it just raises the level of competitiveness,” he stated.
“We gotta get better here at West High School to kind of show what West is really all about. I mean, we have a lot of academia stuff going on here at West High School, but we’ve got to raise our performance level. This is one of the steps to doing that, and I think with this new space for these kids to go in and better their craft in athletic sport they’re trying to compete in, I think that’s a win for West High School.”
Construction will continue over the current school year and into the summer.