PAINTSVILLE - In late-November, a dedication event for the newly-remodeled Johnson Central High School gym featured a new name for the facility. On July 22, Steve Trimble, Superintendent of Johnson County Schools, during the regular meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education, announced that the JCHS gymnasium would be renovated and bear the name of former principal, Paul R. Setser.
The wait is over. After months of construction, Johnson Central debuted a brand new gym on Nov. 30. Highlighting the event was the gym dedication ceremony when the gymnasium was renamed the Paul R. Setser Eagle Fieldhouse. Setser, a longtime principal at JCHS during the 1970s, 1980s and early-1990s, was onhand to cut the ribbon for the new gymnasium.
JCHS Principal Noel Crum addressed a large crowd of students, former students, board members, faculty and members of the community.
“Mr. Setser made a huge positive impact on the current success of Johnson Central,” Crum said. “It is great to have him here tonight. We have a facility that is second to none in Eastern Kentucky. Actually, it is more than a gym, it is a true multipurpose facility.”
The new Paul R. Setser Eagle Fieldhouse has chairback seating on the home side with new powered bleachers on both levels, upper and lower. The greatest feature may be the drop down curtains across the center court, which create two full size separate courts. The upper landings also have drop down curtains which will create two multipurpose areas for additional practices.
“Tonight is an exciting night as no one is more deserving of this recognition than Mr. Setser,” Crum said. “He devoted his career to making Johnson Central a first-class facility and this new gymnasium is definitely worthy to have his signature on the court and his name above the court.”