Photo by Seth Benson
INSTALL—Workers from Mid-States Audio work to install a new sound system in the gym, including speakers, amps and associated equipment, Thanksgiving week. 

WHS Booster Club helps school install new sound system in gym
Public debut set for Saturday at basketball opener

By Seth Benson

Washington High School students, staff and visitors will have the opportunity to hear clearly in the main gym this basketball season and beyond after the installation of a new sound system over Thanksgiving break.

The new system will allow for crystal-clear public address announcing and music during WHS sporting events, pep rallies, assemblies, practices, gym classes and other events in the gym. 

The system, installed by Mid-States Audio, replaces the 26-year old original system that has been in place since the building of the “new” WHS in 1991.

English teacher Jason Lueth, who also acts as public address announcer for many sporting events and other activities in the gym, said he is very excited for the new speaker system. 

“It was time to replace the old system,” Lueth said. “It had gotten to the point where I wasn’t even sure what I was saying when I heard it through those speakers. The new system makes me sound like I sound when I announce events like the State AA Basketball Tournament at the Premiere Center.”

Principal Dan Conrad said the system was needed.

“When we host assemblies or events in the main gym we will no longer need to bring in portable speakers so that students and staff can hear,” Conrad said. “Previously, students who performed to music could not clearly hear the sound which impacted their routines.”

The system cost just under $23,000 and was paid for through a partnership with the WHS Booster Club. 

“We thank the WHS Booster Club for all of the support and opportunities they provide WHS students,” Conrad said.

The system will first be used publicly this Saturday as both the boys and girls basketball teams play St. Thomas Moore, with the girls JV starting at 3:30 p.m., the girls varsity at 5 p.m. and boys varsity following around 6:30 p.m.


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