VOL. 111 | NO. 146 | Friday, August 8, 1997
By CAMILLE H
MUS, Hutchison get
new tennis complex
By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE
The Daily News
Memphis University School, in association with Hutchison School, has started construction on a 12-court tennis complex with club house which will be located on the MUS campus.
A building permit for the construction of a tennis shop was issued last week and listed a project value of $1.15 million, according to Shelby County Construction Code Enforcement records.
Donald G. Austin Jr. Construction is the general contractor on the project. The facility was designed by MUS parent and alumnus Met Crump of the Crump Firm.
The complex will be located just north of Hutchisonís soccer field. Of the 12 courts, four will be lighted for night play, said Perry Dement, MUS director of development. The tennis clubhouse will consist of office space, meeting and trophy space, and an area for food service.
ìThis center represents an expansion of our coordinate program,î said MUS headmaster Ellis Haguewood. ìWe have had a previous joint venture sharing the track at Hull-Dobbs Field, and it has served both schools and student bodies well.î
Hutchison headmaster Linda MacMurray Gibbs said, ìThis allows for more cooperative activity between the two schools while maintaining the strong benefits of our single-gender educational programs.î
The new center was made possible with a lead gift from the family of William B. Dunavant Jr.
ìAll of us in the family, as well as employees of Dunavant Enterprises, feel very strongly about this project and what it means, not only to these two fine institutions, but to the children who will be using it,î Dunavant said.
Funding for the clubhouse was donated by Thomas Garrott, chairman of National Commerce Bancorp., and his wife, Allison Garrott.
Individual tennis courts were donated by the David L. Bowlin family; the Girard P. Brownlow and John H. Curtis families; George H. Dunklin Sr., George H. Dunklin Jr., and Deborah Dunklin Tipton; the children of John H. and Beverly Pettey; family and friends of Alexander W. Wellford Sr.; and one anonymous donor.
Construction is expected to be completed on the tennis complex in time for the spring tennis season.