GRANITE CITY | Granite City High School is making plans to renovate the electronic marquee board that stands on the Madison Avenue side of the campus.
“We would like to upgrade it,” GCHS principal Daren De Pew said.
De Pew, said he would like the new marquee board to be built as soon as possible. But in order for the marquee board to be upgraded, the school has to raise at least $25,000.
The board was installed in 2002 and it includes a sign of the members of the 1940 Granite City boys basketball team that won its first and only state championship.
“It is somewhat antiquated,” De Pew said.
De Pew said Babe Champion, who is a community activist, came up with the idea of renovating the marquee board.
“I would say he brought this to me probably two weeks ago,” said De Pew, who became principal in 2014.
For the past year, Champion helped create a sign of professional baseball players from the Granite City area at Babe Champion Field and a 4 foot by 30 foot sign of the Granite City football teams that qualified for state and won Southwestern Conference championships on the outside wall of the Granite City Sports Hall of Fame.
Champion said his vision for the new board is to include the daily events in the Granite City area.
“We’re going to get a group of people together and demonstrate and have something up where we can have the first class information of our school and our city and things that are happening,” Champion said. “I’m trying to work with some people and get some things done. A lot of people don’t see that and they don’t have any vision. But Daren and those people do.”
Champion, who helped the Granite City baseball team win a state championship in 1948, said he wanted the board to look similar to the one at the downtown branch of the Six Mile Library District on Delmar Avenue. The downtown library was renovated in August, and the new marquee board was part of that renovation.
“I’m trying to get it replaced,” Champion said. “We’re working on $25,000 donors to get it replaced electronically and get it in the 21st century.”