New MHS Honor Wall celebrates decades of Bobcat athletic excellence
Several decades of Bobcat athletic achievements are on full display at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse with the addition of the new Wall of Honor (1906-1964).
Students, staff, alumni and visitors have long enjoyed displays honoring Bobcat student-athletes’ successes from 1965-present in the Roundhouse. Now, with the addition of the new Wall of Honor installed at the north end of the iconic high school sports facility, the rich and hallowed history of Bobcats’ state-level accolades can be fully appreciated.
The new display received a warm welcome from several MHS alumni when it was officially unveiled in May.
Former student-athletes Willie Andrews and Dick Tomhave (Class of 1964), Jerry Gazaway and John Readout (Class of 1962), and David Day (Class of 1955) attended the ceremony and enjoyed finding familiar names shown on the Wall of Honor, including their own.
The 1906-1964 Wall of Honor project was driven by MCSD Superintendent and Class of 1981 graduate Theron Schutte’s vision and passion for Bobcat history and excellence.
“The Marshalltown CSD has a long and rich history of student-athlete achievements and team athletic success since the beginning of the 20th century. This new wall of honor expands upon the previous recognitions that began when Marshalltown High School and the Roundhouse was opened during the 1964-1965 school year,” Schutte said. “It is extremely important for future Bobcats to see this history of success so that they know what is possible and hopefully aspire to the highest levels of achievement.”
Class of 1970 alum and Bobcat athletics historian Brad Braga was a key collaborator on the project.
Braga used his records to validate Schutte’s research on MHS student-athletes’ achievements from 1906-1964; the display was brought to life by Jack and Bob Lashier of LRI Graphics & Signs.
The installation of the Wall of Honor followed the 2020 unveiling of the Fine Arts Honor Wall, located in the Marshalltown Performing Arts Center Auditorium lobby.
That display showcases Bobcats’ past Iowa High School Music Association All-State Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Speech performances stretching back to 1979.
Such displays of MHS athletics and fine arts glory are valuable not only as an important historical record, but also for inspiring today’s Bobcat students to strive for excellence in their own pursuits.