Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: Herring Hall was Arizona’s First Gymnasium

NOTE: The second in a series of tracking down lost or forgotten sports venues, trophies and artifacts in the Old Pueblo.


(Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson)

Built in 1903, Herring Hall served as Arizona’s gymnasium long before Gittings Gym, Bear Down Gym and McKale Center and it housed Pop McKale’s first office. Plus, it was the only gym in Tucson with running water for showers.

It was the Men’s Gymnasium (1903 – 1925) and housed the Women’s Physical Education program (1925 – 1937) before Bear Down was built in 1926.


Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019, became a member of the Sunnyside Los Mezquites Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2021 and he was a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee and he earned a Distinguished Service Award from Amphitheater. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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