Wilmington - The Jap Davis Field House was condemned last year, but the history and tradition have been preserved. In fact New Hanover High School held an open house on Monday to show off the renovated field house. Longtime New Hanover football coach Jap Davis died in 2008. He would certainly be proud of the renovations. His daughter, Jan Cagle, got to see the renovations on Monday. She told WWAY the renovations are wonderful. "The footprint of the building is essentially still the same. You still have the rough cinder blocks that my daddy laid when he built the field house in the 1940s when he built the place, and the inside is certainly state of the art."
Keith Moore is the director of athletics at New Hanover. He says people can't believe it's the same old field house. "We just tore down and gutted the inside and everything is brand new. When folks walk in here they just walk around with their jaw dropped, not believing it is the same place."
The field house actually resembles a museum. There are football uniforms from Roman Gabriel, Sonny Jurgenson, Clyde Simmons and Alge Crumpler hanging on the walls. There's a Trot Nixon Boston Red Sox uniform and a Kenny Gattison Charlotte Hornets jacket. ( all are former standout athletes at New Hanover )... The locker room is named in honor of Alge Crumpler. The New England Patriots tight end got the ball rolling with the renovation project with a generous donation last year. The total cost for the renovation for the field house is approximately $700,000.