The Bret Harte High School gymnasium is getting a much overdue makeover. New maple hardwood floors will cover the old flooring, and will have new striping plus a logo at center court. New bleachers on both sides have already been installed, with the top rows removed in order to give fans more leg room.
Because the new hardwood is being placed on top of the old floor, the new floor will be 1.75-inches taller. Because of that, the basketball hoops will be raised to the appropriate height.
On Monday, a three-man crew from San Diego started to bring in the new floor. First, a thin foam padding is laid down over the old floor and plywood is then installed. Finally, the maple court will be nailed down over the plywood. The entire process should take nearly three weeks.
After everything is installed, the floor will need to sit for another week before the striping and finish can be applied.
The summer “dead period” has officially started and will end on July 23. However, the floor might not be done in time for the first few volleyball practices. Should everything go according to plan, the floor will be ready for the first home volleyball game, set for 6 p.m. Aug. 21 against Ripon Christian.