Post by David Sechrest on Apr 28, 2007 19:53:47 GMT -5
On April 28th, RER said: "the Maple Street Gym was full capacity of fans and more at times. The Gym holds 7,500 seats and many stood up because of the lack of seats during the good teams. Today, and even when Bill Stearman was alive the school was lucky to get 500 fans to attend."
Bob, the game I attended a couple of years ago was nothing compared to what it was like back when both of us went to school.
It's so different these days, what with the gym being two gyms now. I guess that just goes to show you how the crowds have dwindled...
By the way, when I mentioned "old" people in my post in the 1965 Map Contest Thread, I was talking about those that have passed on and are no longer with us.
David Sechrest Historic Columbus Indiana Progress should not ignore its roots and pillage our heritage in the process. Cultural, social, and historical should be part of the process, for it is the path and not the destination that is important - S. Givens
The rolling Bulldog head (which I think is still being used at Columbus North basketball games) was originally on a "Pioneer Days" float sponsored by either Arvins or Hamilton Cosco.
Thank you for the information about the old rolling dog. I had no idea that it came from a float. That is interesting and furthermore you said it may still be sleeping in the Maple Street Gym. I do know it has had a few face lifts many years ago since it's introduction to the school. The question now is who built it and how many folks were involved? Also, is it still within the locked cage at the Gym? I guess if someone called the school reception desk they probably would know the answer.
Again Jim, thank you for the update of the 52 year old dog and I am happy to learn that maybe he isn't in the dog pound.
Post by Margo CHS Class of 55 on Apr 30, 2007 12:12:04 GMT -5
The Rolling Bulldog was built by Gordon Huckaby CHS Class of '54. If you wish more information about Gordon please go to the Obituary folder and look him up. He passed away last year and I was honored to attend his funeral. I met his brother and we reminisced about him building the Bulldog out of paper machie' and chicken wire. Gordon was a shy, freckled face kid with huge eyeglasses. He had an incredible talent for art and thrived under Karl McCan. I hope the Historical Society is planning on displaying it at the "Last Dance". I know we used it during the 1954and 55 Basket ball seasons at the New Gym, while I was in High School. How long after that I do not know. However, I learned from Gordon's brother that it was patched many ,many times so that it could "roll out" to a lot of basketball games.
my link www.fbccolumbus.org CHS Class of 1955 meets the third Saturday of each month for lunch. Any Class member is invited to attend.
The Rolling Bulldog was built by Gordon Huckaby CHS Class of '54.
Good summary Margo! You put the final tip on the history of the the rolling dog. Jim Hinds revealed that it was displayed on a early parade float. Then you added the creator and it's transport to the Maple Street Gym. Gordon Huckaby was truly a good artist as I recall. Gordon picture painted many business windows downtown Washington Street during Christmas in the early 1950s. Good info Margo !!
I live on the East Coast and calling would be long distance. Would someone please call the Columbus North High School to see if the "Rolling Bulldog"is in his Gym cage today ? Then the "Maybe" of the history is complete.
Babs has a great idea for all that will attend the "Sock Dance" at the Pearl Street Gym in May 2007.
FYI: I called North High School this morning, was connected to the Athletic Director and she informed me that "Yes, the rolling bulldog is still in existence". It sets in the Maple Street entrance to the North gym where I gather it has been for many years.
Rolling Bell, Rolling Bulldog and Senior Cords Summary This is consolidated information after several members submitted comments and their research inputs. It is brought together for the 1957 CHS Class Reunion July 7, 2007 and any classes thereafter. Thanks is given to the board members that were involved.
The Rolling CHS Victory Bell:Built and donated by the CHS Class of 1957.
Class of 57 Donation
The Rolling CHS Bulldog: [/color] Built by the Class of 1954. The talented student artist named Gordon Huckaby designed it and built it with chicken wire, boards, paper machie, paint and roller wheels for mobility. Before introduction in the Maple Street Gym during 1954-1955 it was used in the Columbus Pioneer Parade on a float. The dog has had many face-lifts and paint makeups over the years. At the present age of 53 the rolling dog has made it's mark on Columbus High School history.
Class of 54 Gordon Huckaby
Senior Cords History: The Senior Cords skirts and men's pants started during the Classes of 1954-1955 and ended around 1969. The tradition was popular among many high schools throughout the state of Indiana. The tradition was that a Junior could only wear his or hers on the last day of their Junior year as the seniors were departing. Of course they wore them if they had them ready for that day. The next year the tradition was to wear them on Fridays of each week, but many wore them daily. Some students refused to wash them much, but that is another story. The material referred to as "cords" was corduroy, which is a heavy ribbed fabric. The color utilized was light yellow. The tradition is no longer with the schools but was a different tradition that most enjoyed.
Picture Class of 57
Thanks Given: To Babs, Nanc, Margo, Richard, Jim Hinds and other friends for helping piece the puzzle together. Hedy George the present Athletic Director at CHS says the rolling Bulldog is still used and caged up for protection. It is located at the right entrance of the Maple Street Gym.