Pierceton Cubs once played on this hardwood

It won’t be much longer before battles will be waged on the hardwood in high school gyms in Indiana. The state has been referred to as “Hoosier Hysteria” when it comes to high school basketball. Before high schools were divided up into classifications based on size and also before consolidation, particularly in smaller towns going to a high school basketball game was the thing to do. Shown is the former Pierceton High School gym in Kosciusko County. It is now used by Pierceton Elementary School, which is part of the Whitko school district. Pierceton was one of the high schools consolidating to form Whitko in the early 1970s. Part of Pierceton Elementary was torn down earlier this year to make room for a new school, but I believe the portion with the gym still stands. I’m not sure when the gym was originally built and how much of it remains, but it appears to have the look of a gym built in the 1920s or possibly 1930s. A reminder of the days when every small town (and Pierceton is a small town) had a high school and a gym for basketball.

Former Pierceton High School gym.

Former Pierceton High School gym.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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