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Steeped In Basketball Tradition


It is charming in its own special way. George Marshall Gymnasium is one of the classic basketball arenas in the Quad Cities. It is home to the Davenport Central High Blue Devils.

The gymnasium opened in 1931. It is named in honor of the man who was principal at, then, Davenport High School for 25 years.

Championship banners hang from the rafters. Unique seats and a classic scoreboard add to the ambiance. Don Grensing says the gym breathes high school hoops. He should know. Grensing coached boys basketball at the school for twenty five years, leading his team to a state title in 1970. They were 22-3 that season.

George Marshall Gym has been home to nine state boys basketball championships. Legendary Coach Paul Moon guided his teams to seven state crowns.  

Jim Groenenboom was sophomore coach at Central for twelve years and later coached at the varsity level for eight years. He says Marshall Gymnasium is like home. Jim coached his son for three years and says he still gets goosebumps when he returns to Marshall Gymnasium.

Politicians have also had their moments in the spotlight at the gym. Former President Bill Clinton and Former Vice- President Al Gore made appearances there.

A Quad City Gem. George Marshall Gymnasium.


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