CHS to Build New Pool, Auditorium

July  18, 2013

Thespians will soon have more room to act and swimmers will have more room to practice and compete, at Central High School in Davenport. The school district has started planning a new auditorium and pool. 

Director of Operations, Scott Martin, says the current auditorium, built in 1904, is no longer bigger enough. "It was a nice auditorium in its day, in 1904. In today's world, the stage is too small and there's not enough seating. So we needed to do something to address both of those, and bring it up to date as far as lighting and sound systems," he says. 

The old auditorium has 640 seats. The new one will have 900, and be located south of the gym.

Martin says the old pool at Central High School was also too small. "It's a four lane pool. It has a very low ceiling that does not allow for diving competitions. It's absolutely out dated. It's past it's useful life," he says.

The original pool was built in 1949. The new one will have eight lanes, and a "stretch pool" for warming up.

The new facilities will cost a total of 23 million dollars. Central High School will also spend nine hundred thousand to move some of the tennis courts to the Brady Street Stadium, so the parking lot can be expanded.
Construction is scheduled to begin next March, and be completed by the fall of 2016. The old pool and auditorium will be renovated for other purposes.