Construction commences for newly-renovated weightroom


Photo by Zachary Bahar

Sofia Williams, Staff Writer

With a fresh start to the school year, students are invited to take a fresh start on their physical health with the new and improved Michael B. Arrington Wellness and Performance Center. 

Michael Arrington, who played varsity football before graduating ETHS in ‘61, donated $330,000 to renovate the outdated weight room and transform it into a functional and enjoyable space. Brimming with orange and blue, the Michael B. Arrington Wellness and Performance Center features updated cardio equipment and training stations. 

Equipped to train all from beginners to pros, the facility is open to be used during physical education classes, and is also open to those participating in sports training programs. 

With its renovation, the performance center provides many new opportunities for students of all skill levels. 

A new PE class called Sports Specific Training has been added to the curriculum, which is a class allowing athletes to focus on their athletic performance. PE teachers and coaches will now cooperate with a strength and conditioning specialist at ETHS in order to focus on the fitness plans for individual students, including those with disabilities. 

Superintendent Eric Witherspoon commented, “All of us at ETHS are truly grateful to Mike Arrington. His generosity will benefit all students as we expand our wellness and athletic opportunities.”