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David Melson

Picturing the Past 140: Old Central High gym

Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at 12:27 PM
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  • David, Thanks for the photo. I vividly remember when this gym was new and a "show place" of high schools in the area. I'd also like to see some photos of the "really old" gym, the one that served as the gym and cafeteria in the main building.

    -- Posted by marnold1118 on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 1:09 PM
  • The gym was built during my second grade school year at Central Elementary. Many memories are associated with it, from participating in sports there, to having PE and other classes there, to watching many excellent basketball games there. I was in PE class there when word came that President Kennedy had been assassinated.

    It's a shame that this old building was allowed to deteriorate and was not put to good use.

    -- Posted by stldrvr on Tue, Jan 3, 2012, at 3:53 PM
  • During the week of March 31, 1958, the gym became the set for the filming of a movie which has been translated into fourteen foreign languages. "Basketball of Millions" was a film that protrayed the different situations which arose in a regulation game. It was produced uner the sanction of the National Federation of State High School Athletic Associations. The size and layout of the gym were the main reasons for the choice of the school. Coach Frank Wallheiser and the boys' basketball tem were featured throughout the film. The student body was in the stands for the filming. It was a very versatile gym. There was a track around the top floor, spacious dressing rooms and a band room. Really sad to hear that it sits idle and not being used.

    -- Posted by caligal on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 2:42 AM
  • caligal I remember the filming of the movie very well. It was done during my Senior year of high school. One thing that I remember was that the school got to keep the uniforms (two sets) that were used during the filming. There was also a college player in the filming of the movie that later went on to play pro ball. He was from an Indiana school (possibly Indiana or Indiana State). I think his name was Hanson or Hansen or something like that.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 8:08 AM
  • If anyone could find a copy of "Basketball for Millions" it would make a great YouTube post.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Jan 4, 2012, at 1:26 PM
  • leeiii,the player you referred to was from the University of Tennessee and I believe an All-American in 1958-59. His name was Gene Tormohlen and was a native of Holland,Indiana.He was drafted in the second round of the 1959 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals. I was a junior on the 1958 team and recall a week of missed classes to participate in the filming. AS Caligal wrote,I think the film was intended for training officials and as a tool for enjoying the game for millions of fans.

    -- Posted by LarLMoore on Thu, Jan 5, 2012, at 4:46 PM
  • Mike Bone has Basketball for millions

    -- Posted by Black Swan on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 1:17 PM
  • As best as my memory can serve me Mike would have been in the movie.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 8:54 PM
  • Yeah for Mike Bone. I am sure he was in the movie.

    -- Posted by caligal on Tue, Jan 10, 2012, at 10:32 PM
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