For over 75 years, the old Grundy County High School has stood proudly on High School Hill reminding those who walked its halls that they too were built on a strong foundation. Though the county needed a larger school with more room to expand, the hearts and souls of those who graduated from the old GCHS long to see the school reopened and put to use.
The Town of Tracy City has been working with local, state and federal agencies to raise the money needed to renovate the school. The mission of the project is to bring community-building resources under one roof. Project leaders are working with community colleges, workforce development programs, mental health and substance abuse programs, medical screening and referral resources, and other agencies whose mission it is to make a difference in the community. They are ready to go to bid on the renovation phase of the two-story classroom section and should be able to start soon.
The group recently received a grant to renovate the gymnasium as well. The gym will be an invaluable resource to the community and the overall mission of the project. Many of you remember Zumba in the gym just a few years ago. The youth baseball teams use the facility in bad weather. The latest grant will give year-round access to the facility.
The grant to renovate the gym requires a dollar-for-dollar match to be raised by December 2016. Project leaders are reaching out to former students, faculty, and staff, asking they consider giving to the cause.
A Go Fund Me campaign, “Bring Old GCHS Back to Life,” has been set up to allow community members to make donations. In two days, the campaign raised over $2,000, with individuals donating and classes challenging other classes. The class of 1976 raised over $800 at their 40th Reunion this fall
Emily Partin, organizer of the Go Fund Me Campaign and instrumental in the renovation process, encourages football teams of one era to challenge those of another, bands under one director challenge those of other directors, and family members to donate in memory of loved ones who attended the school.
The match goal for the gym renovation is $100,000. Partin says $60,000 has been set as the goal of the Go Fund Me campaign because there were at least 60 graduating classes at the old high school building. Current challenges have been issued from the classes of 1957, 1968, 1971, and 1981.
Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/2ks7p52z, or mailed to Town of Tracy City, P. O. Box 277, Tracy City, TN 37387.