Kim Knoppe, Class of 1969 Grad, Donates $1 Million to Complete Second Floor of Panther Fitness Center

EHS 2001

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Elder High School is pleased to announce that Kim Knoppe, Class of 1969, has pledged one million dollars to complete the second floor of the Panther Fitness Center located on Elder’s campus.
In addition to completing the second floor, funds will be used to enhance the experience and knowledge of Elder students in our ever-changing business environment.

Kim Knoppe stated, “My Elder experience gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my business career and provided the inspiration to live the Altiora spirit.”
 

eastside_purple

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Autumnwood homes guy, I believe. I don’t know him personally, but i know of him. Was a very good athlete at Elder, as I recall.
 

PURPLE REIGN

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I wonder what this means for the revenue being generated from the Darrius Rucker concert. What will that be earmarked for?
 

Budda

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My guess is that now it will all go to the Altiora Fund/scholarships.
I would think so and the fact that Mr. Knoppe wanted to see the fitness center completed doesn't rule out the fact that most donations at Elder are geared toward a certain area of focus. At least the larger ones have been in the past. The concert money will end up where its needed to the continued commitment to the students present and new. Cant ask for much more than that!
 

CincyHSfootball

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From the Elder Sports Archives. Kim was first team All Southwest Ohio as a senior wide receiver. Good athlete. Read the narrative on the Elder season that year. Kim had some big games.

Once you click on site below Go To:Football then got to:1960's Then go to:1968. There you will read about his senior year.

 

Omar

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My guess is that now it will all go to the Altiora Fund/scholarships.
I hope that’s the case. Making tuition more affordable and by proxy increasing overall enrollment should be the overall priority for the school.
 

Omar

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Elder’s built up a lot of good momentum the past few weeks, hopefully they can take full advantage of all the good things going on.
 

CincyHSfootball

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Here’s a shot of some training on the second floor of the PFC.
Thanks EHS 2001 for posting. What a wonderful thing Kyle and Kim did for the students/athletes. Impressive.

Hopefully one day in the near future they will get to host the Darius Rucker's concert at The Pit to raise more funds. Keep the positive things happening at Elder.
 

EHS 2001

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Thanks EHS 2001 for posting. What a wonderful thing Kyle and Kim did for the students/athletes. Impressive.
Credit for the photo goes to the Elder Volleyball Facebook page.

Hopefully one day in the near future they will get to host the Darius Rucker's concert at The Pit to raise more funds. Keep the positive things happening at Elder.
Indeed. It’s great how the generosity of Kyle, Kim and others have transformed the campus.

If anyone hasn’t seen it yet, here’s a video of the expanded spirit store that now occupies for the former weight room in the Donohoe Center.

 

PURPLE REIGN

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Awesome! The generosity of Elder alums is truly inspiring.

Have they published the specific plan for the area? Will wrestling be holding regular practice in here? What about baseball pitchers/catchers during the winter? What else?
 

SMARTY22

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Awesome! The generosity of Elder alums is truly inspiring.

Have they published the specific plan for the area? Will wrestling be holding regular practice in here? What about baseball pitchers/catchers during the winter? What else?
Saw a Flyer on Facebook for Elder Kids &Jr High Wrestling that says Practices begin in Spilt Sessions on the 16th of November and will take place in “brand new 2nd Floor of Panther Fitness Center.” Picture of a Wrestling mat also in that area. Sure Baseball may use but they also already have an off campus indoor location?
 

EHS 2001

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Wrestling mats rolled out: https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/119214267_10100123238362569_8397469741814048174_n.jpg
Wrestling mats rolled up: https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/122978176_3974217589273933_652064809016067074_o.jpg

I think the baseball team has the ability to do some indoor training in the building at the Panther Athletic Complex. There are at least two batting cages. https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Panther-Athletic-Complex-Construction/i-DHksfdT/0/6815a181/X4/IMG_8795-X4.jpg
 

PURPLE REIGN

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The list of improvements since 1988 is loooong.
Super X was around at least until the early 90's.
Baseball didn't even have a freshman team then. Home games were at Dunham.
Boys volleyball did not exist. Same with bowling, lacrosse, hockey, etc.
Weight room was in the wrestling gym (on the stage)
No computer labs.
Boys wore ties to school every day.
You learned to parallel park on the streets.
Heck, I think I still remember "smoking lounges" that were used by the students but I could be wrong.
 

4GX

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The list of improvements since 1988 is loooong.
Super X was around at least until the early 90's.
Baseball didn't even have a freshman team then. Home games were at Dunham.
Boys volleyball did not exist. Same with bowling, lacrosse, hockey, etc.
Weight room was in the wrestling gym (on the stage)
No computer labs.
Boys wore ties to school every day.
You learned to parallel park on the streets.
Heck, I think I still remember "smoking lounges" that were used by the students but I could be wrong.
WE had one of those (at X)...
 
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