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King Gym (1916—1987)

A ground breaking ceremony was held on October 15, 1914 for the new gym on campus. The construction was made possible largely due to the efforts of Dean King and a group of his professional associates. The group was able to secure $14,000 in cash and pledges for the project. After numerous delays the cornerstone was laid on October 2, 1915. The building was completed and dedicated to King in 1916. The estimated value of the building was $35,000 without equipment and was considered by many to be among the finest athletics structures in the state of Kansas at the time. The structure stood proudly until 1987, when it was razed due to structural damage stemming from a fire in 1979.