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Sunday, September 13, 2015
KHS NATATORIUM NEWS - INVOLVES OUR REUNION !!
From the Development Office at KHS ~
"Dear Friends of Kirkwood High School,
The Walker Natatorium is nearing completion. We have our fingers crossed that the last several swim meets (Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 8) for the Boys Swim & Dive Team will be held in the Walker Natatorium. The Girls Swim & Dive season begins November 9 and the Water Polo season begins February 22.
EXCITING NEWS: An anonymous donor has established a challenge! The donor will match dollar for dollar every donation - up to $100,000 - given to the Legacy Fund for the Walker Natatorium! Every dollar given to the Legacy Fund will be used to assist with maintaining the Walker Natatorium.
The challenge officially starts when we "turn on" the water to fill the pool (target date is September 12), and the challenge will end on October 10 at 10 am - the date of the KHS Class of 1965 reunion tour of Kirkwood High School. The KHS 1965 Boys Swim Team was the first Swim Team State Champions! [Our reunion tour of the school will also be the "ribbon cutting" for the new pool since KHS65's swim team won the first state championship!]
Please help us meet the challenge and "fill the pool" by making a donation to the Legacy Fund for the Walker Natatorium. Donors who give $3,000 and up will be recognized on the Major Donor Wall within the Walker Natatorium. All donations over $100 will be recognized within the Walker Natatorium. Our goal is to raise $3 million to establish the Legacy Fund and use the interest earned from the fund for general operational costs such as utilities, water testing and balancing and equipment inspections. In future years, the funds may be used for equipment repairs and replacement.
The dedication for the Walker Natatorium is in the planning stages. Detailed information will be sent in the very near future.
Included in this e-mail is information related to the history of our aquatic teams. We believe it is important to remember the coaches, parents and community members who have always supported our student athletes in the aquatics.
Please join us and consider making a donation during this exciting time in history. You can go to www.walkernatatorium.org, call or text 314.600.7773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is THE YEAR OF THE POOL!
Kirkwood School District
Community Relations & Development
Kirkwood High School Aquatic Teams History
Girls were not allowed to play in sanctioned competitive teams until the passage of Title IX in 1972. Girls began competing on the boys team in 1973, and in 1974, female only teams were formed. The girls swim team was added during the 1974-75 school year after a group of female swimmers successfully advocated for a team.
It was Coach Wilson Stocker [who died 4/22/15] who stepped up in 1975 and volunteered to coach the first KHS Girls Swim & Dive Team. Coach Stocker did not receive monetary compensation for his efforts, but his memory is held in high esteem by many female athletes.
In 1962-63, the first Boys Swim & Dive Team was formed. The three state champion titles were all coached by Coach Wilson Stocker, 1965, 1966 and 1972! Swimmers who swam for Coach Stocker were known as "Stockers Strokers."
The first Co-Ed Water Polo Team was formed in the fall of 1996. The first coach was Richard "Hoot" Newman."
From our 1965 Pioneer :
SWIMMERS SPLASH TO STATE VICTORY
We had an undefeated (9-0) season as Coach Stocker predicted!
KHS set 2 records in the State Meet, the 200 yard medley relay team of Gary Birum, Bob Casey, Chuck Comfort & Dan Clark posted a new mark of 1:48.1 and team captain [the late] Bob Casey captured the 100 breastroke with a 1:06.0.
Other KHS65 members of the team were: Rusty Nelson, Wylie Dawson, Charlie Stevenson, Andy Bastman, Lee McLaughlin and Craig Conway [currently known as Mr. Lee Bennett just in case you didn't know :-)) ]