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Naming Process Begins for McLain Fieldhouse

By passing the 2015 bond issue, Tulsa voters have given students at McLain High School the opportunity to enjoy much-needed upgrades to their sports facilities.

McLain’s new 41,000 square foot fieldhouse officially opened right before Thanksgiving break. It includes seating for 1,100 fans, a hospitality room, a practice room for the wrestling team, and auxiliary courts.

“It means a lot. It means we can hold a lot more people. It means it won’t be 100 degrees. It means fans have something to look forward to. [It means] we can get alumni back in our building. It means first class facilities for our kids. It means the world,” said Interim Principal Renee Rabovsky.

With this new facility, we have an opportunity to name the space in a way that reflects our core values and the community that it will serve.

Superintendent Deborah Gist announced at the December 2nd School Board meeting that Gil Cloud will chair the ad hoc naming committee, which includes:

  • Renee Rabovsky, Principal
  • Phillip Johnson, McLain Athletics Director
  • Jamar Louie, teacher
  • Resha Vo, teacher
  • Lisa Wolfe, parent
  • Ashley Johnson, parent
  • Mike Mims, community member
  • Wanda Sizemore, community member
  • Carlos Requena, student
  • On'Hay Phillips, student
  • Jennettie Marshall, board member

Name suggestions can be submitted via email to Gil Cloud. There will also be a survey available online and at the school.

In early 2020, the naming committee will hold a public forum to discuss the submissions before they submit recommendations to the Board for the fieldhouse in February. The committee is seeking names for the basketball court and hospitality room within the fieldhouse as well.

We look forward to hearing your ideas. More information about the facility naming process can be found in Board Policy 8102.