Beaver Dam High School’s new field house is getting a bit of its finishing touches this week as banners are being hung from the ceiling.
The Beaver Dam High School Booster Club spent $10,600 to purchase the banners, representing the 16 schools in the Badger North and Badger South conferences along with Beaver Dam’s state championships.
The conference member banners were put in place by crew members of CG Schmidt on Monday. The state championship banners, including one commemorating the 1937 WIAA boys basketball state title, Booster Club treasurer Patrick Schuster said.
“We wanted to add some finishing touches to the field house,” Schuster said. “And this is the way we felt we could contribute to the field house.”
“It definitely adds to the space,” said Beaver Dam athletic director Melissa Gehring. “Everyone says it is a beautiful space, but this completes it.”
The five-station gymnasium is only a small portion of the entire project going on in the high school. Voters approved a referendum in November 2016 that provides $48.9 million in improvements in the school district, including remodeling most of the high school.
The Booster Club has contributed to a variety of projects, including putting money toward new wrestling mats, the football scoreboard, the Volt fitness program and parkas for the swim team, Booster Club president Kari Jansen said. In addition to supporting other fundraising efforts for sports teams, they have purchased the Golden Beavers mascot costume that is worn by Benny the Beaver.
The Booster Club fundraises by providing concessions at home high school football and basketball games, Jansen said. In addition, they coordinate the annual Beaver Dam Color Jam.
In addition, there is the online spirit store is bdboosters.com where anyone can purchase spirit wear, stadium seats and blankets.
The Booster Club meets the second Monday night of each month at 7 p.m. at Beaver Dam High School, 500 Gould St.