MANNING - More than 75 Monarch administrators, teachers, coaches, athletes and fans were present for Sunday's dedication ceremony for The Monarch Field House, behind Manning High School and adjacent to Ramsey Field, the home of the Monarch football team.
"I'm really excited about this facility," Clarendon School District 2 administrator John Tindal said at the ceremony. "We've been lacking this type of facility for some time, and I'm excited to see it finally come to fruition."
Tindal said the 15,246-square-foot facility cost a little more than $2 million to build and will be paid for through the county's Local Option Sales Tax provision.
CSD2 Board Chairman Arthur J. Moyd Sr. applauded Tindal's vision for the facility and his plan for making the vision a reality.
"Mr. Tindal had a dream," Moyd said. "His dream became a goal, and his goal became a plan. He took the steps needed to secure funding. Mr. Tindal, I know that this day would not have been possible without your dream your vision. You can add this to your list of accomplishments and to your legacy at Clarendon School District 2."
MHS Principal Preston Threatt told those in attendance that although thousands have passed through the doors of MHS, thousands more will pass through the doors of the new field house.
"Many have not been born yet who will pass through those doors," he said. "Athletes, coaches and students will enjoy what is being dedicated today."
Monarch Athletic Director and Head Varsity Football Coach Keith West said that not only will the Monarch football players have the opportunity to enjoy the new facilities, but athletes in each sport will also have that same opportunity.
"This facility is second to none in the state," West added. "The Dormans, Spartanburgs, Summervilles all have great facilities, but this facility is just as good as anything that they have. This facility is a lot to be proud of and will enhance our entire athletic program."
Robert Parker, Monarch offensive tackle and strength training coach, said the new weight room has 20 racks that will accommodate all the varsity players at one time.
"While the varsity players are using the weight room, the junior varsity players can be viewing films," he added. "Then they can switch. We can get it all done in one day. Before the new facility, it would take three sessions just for the varsity players."