KIRKWOOD, MO (KPLR) – Students at Kirkwood High School can now dive into opportunities that other schools only dream of and Senior Madison Shead is happy about that, “I personally am very excited about the pool.”
With the turn of a valve, and the rush of water the new 25 meter indoor stretch pool is coming to life at Kirkwood High, it will take two days to fill. District Superintendent Tom Williams said, “It’s really incredible the gift from the walker foundation trust made this happen.”
The $11 million natatorium was paid for with a $10 million dollar donation from the walker foundation and another million from an anonymous person. Donors wanted their money dedicated for a pool. The design allows Kirkwood to host dive and swim competitions at the same time. Swim team Coach Matt Beasley added, “I’m pretty confident in saying this is going to be the best high school in the whole state.”
The swim team captain, John Drury, hopes the 410,000 gallon pool will make the team even more competitive. Drury said, “It’s such a great opportunity to start building a program for both swimming and water polo.”
While workers put finishing touches on the project. Students and parents are starting a $3 million maintenance fund to keep it ship shape. Student Mary Kate Brennan said, “Next year I’m planning on taking an aquatics class for my P.E. I think it is an awesome experience for our school to have.
They hope to have the first aquatics class in the pool next Monday.