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Boles Natatorium

Boles Natatorium construction Boles Natatorium dedication

Ewing T. Boles, Bud Wilkinson, and Thomas Spragens stand outside Boles Natatorium for the dedication ceremony of the Natatorium on April 27, 1968.

The construction of Boles Natatorium began in July of 1966 and was compleated in early 1968.

It was named for Mr. and Mrs. Ewing T. Boles. Ewing T. Boles '16, a native of Williamstown, Ky., was president, CEO, and chair of the board of The Ohio Co., one of the nation's first capital investment firms. He also served as chair of the Centre College Board of Trustees from 1964 to 1969.

The architects were Brock, Johnson and Romanowitz and it cost $432,000 to build

Opened in February 1968, Boles Natatorium was the first swimming pool on the Centre College campus. Funded largely from a gift by Mr. and Mrs. Ewing T. Boles, Boles Natatorium was dedicated April 27, 1968, with Bud Wilkinson as the speaker. 

With the completion of the pool, Centre was able to have its first intercollegiate swimming and diving team in the fall of 1968.