Thunderbolts News · High School Podiums Receive Upgrades


Refinishing HS Podium and a Little History

Both of the podiums were handcrafted by Don Gillespie in 1987.  For 33 years these podiums have been used at multiple events throughout the school building, but they were starting to show their age.  Don was a wood shop teacher, tennis coach, and was inducted into the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2020 for his coaching achievements.

Jim Smith wanted to repair and upgrade them to make sure that they last another 30 years.  Jim was able to keep the overall structure of both podiums intact and was also able to add modern features to each of them.   An interesting fact:  Some of the oak used in this project was reclaimed from the old high school trophy cases built in 1959, adding a little more history to the podiums.

We would like to thank Mr. Wagner and the Class of 2020 for their donation to this project.

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