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New Arts and Athletic Complex Opens Up Many Possibilities at Manlius School

Here is the brand new gymnasium at Manlius Pebble Hill School, which was part of a $7 million renovation at the school. (c) 2017 Jake Graziano

 

Listen here to find out how a $7 million renovation will expand the offerings for Manlius Pebble Hill School athletes.

By Jake Graziano SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Postseason high school sporting events could soon be coming to Manlius Pebble Hill School. With the completion of a brand new $7 million arts and athletics complex, Athletic Director Jim Ryan said the new space can be used in many different ways.

Ryan said being able to now host postseason events will be one of the best aspects for student-athletes at the school.

“We could never host postseason games here in the past because of the height (of the ceiling) requirement,” Ryan said. “So for our students to know that they can stay home for the playoffs now is huge.”

Ryan said the new gymnasium is a drastic improvement over the previous setup.

“In the past, if you sat on the front row of the bleachers, your toe would actually touch the sideline,” Ryan said. “Now, it’s essentially the largest-sized court allowed by regulation.”

 

The project was funded completely by alumnus John Mezzalingua. Mezzalingua’s father graduated from the school, and all four of his children attend the school now.

Ryan said that he greatly appreciates Mezzalingua’s generosity and humility.

“He is definitely the most generous person that I’ve ever met in my life,” Ryan said. “He did not want any recognition for what he did here, he had to be forced by many people within the school to take credit.”

Physical Education teachers can now expand the offerings for physical education classes, Ryan said.

“We can actually divide the gym in two now,” Ryan said. “Now you can have two different classes going at once, you can have two different activities going at the same time.”

The next step in the renovation process for the school is a brand new fitness center that will overlook their lower fields.

Athletic Director Jim Ryan is excited about the possibilities the new space brings. (c) 2017 Jake Graziano