Bakersfield school gym takes shape

July 18, 2017 by  

The long awaited new gymnasium at Bakersfield’s’ North High School is starting to take form.

As construction continues, the five-year endeavor will bring the school a gymnasium that has been five years in the making. Athletic Director Brian Huens is excited about the opening, as the project has been taking place the entire time he has been with the school.

Recently, glass panels were inserted around the gym’s trophy case, which will be at the entrance to the gym. The case will be filled with the school’s trophies, many of which may have been engraved by a local print company.

The gym’s vocal point will the basketball court, which will have seating for almost 2,500 people. The gymnasium will be the largest in the Kern High School District. The school’s star logo will be prominent on two of the walls, with racing stripes as a trail behind the stars in a tribute to notable alum Kevin Harvick.

The gym will also have a large concession stand and larger men’s and women’s bathrooms, which will each have 20 stalls.

The gymnasium is slated to open at the end of 2017, and they intend to name the new gymnasium after the school’s teacher and coach, Lloyd Williams, who has coached both baseball and basketball and has earned the nickname ‘Mr. North High’. Williams has been teaching at the school since he graduated college.