Saturday, October 1, 2011

East Gym, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Official dedication of the East Gym was held on Oct. 18, 1957.
originally called the “HSC Gymnasium", with the designation “East Gym” originating when construction on the Forbes Complex addition, including the “West Gym” was completed in the mid 70s.

The first basketball game played in the East Gym was an exhibition matchup between the Lumberjacks and the traveling Harlem Clowns on Dec. 10, 1957. Humboldt State dropped that contests, 72-64, despite 22 points from Jerry Hathaway. In their first official intercollegiate contest in their new home, the Lumberjacks defeated Central Washington, 51-49, on Thursday, Dec. 19, 1957.
Bleachers supply the primary seating for the East Gym.

“I can remember the bad lighting, the dark floor, the old bleachers and the wood side backboards,” Tom Wood said. “There’s been quite a change over the years. But the Marching Lumberjacks (band) has been one constant that has been there almost every game.”
Following 51 years of occupancy, the HSU intercollegiate athletics program, along with the kinesiology program, are scheduled to move into their brand new facility across Union Street in 2008.

Jerry performed here on
11/13/76 Early and late shows Jerry Garcia Band