Hook Gym Dedication

Hook celebrates new gym
Posted on 04/12/2018
Hook Junior High School welcomed the community into its new gymnasium this week — a ceremony nearly 60 years in the making.

Hook, built in 1960, never had a dedicated gymnasium until the facility was constructed this school year. On Wednesday, April 11, school staff and students welcomed district and community diginatries to the new Marla J. Shackelford Gymnasium.

Shackelford, the guest of honor at the ceremony, has been a physical education teacher at Hook for nearly 36 years. She taught generations of the school’s students and had been lobbying for a gymnasium for decades. She gave a brief speech and closed with the words, “Welcome to my house,” before shooting the ceremonial first basket on the court and cutting the ribbon.

District speakers included Barbara Dew, the Victor Valley Union High School District Board President (and a former Hook attendee in 1962), as well as VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams and Hook Principal Carlos Cerna.

“A committee was formed to pick a name for dedication,” Cerna said during his speech. “Our committee followed board policy with stakeholders submitting close to 400 total responses with Mrs. Shackelford as the clear choice.”

The entire VVUHSD board and cabinet attended along with several community dignitaries including San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood and Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia.

Other speakers included Chico Garza representing the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Chris Nunez representing State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte; and Rebecca Tennison representing State Senator Scott Wilk.

Kimberly Mesen, who represented U.S. Congressman Paul Cook, was a Hook student from 2007-2009, and Shackelford was one of her teachers. Mesen, 23, went on to attend Victor Valley High School and Cal State San Bernardino; she has been a Cook staffer for about a year.

Many Hook staff members, past and present, were in attendance along with community members and parents.

“Yes, the gym sits on our campus to serve our stakeholders, but it is certainly a celebration for the Victorville community,” Cerna said.

Top Photo: Robert Lovingood speaks during the ceremony. Bottom Photo: Marla Shackelford (center) with family and friends.
Marla Shackelford (center) with family and friends.
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