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Ewing Schools Release: Ewing Schools to Host Ribbon Cutting for Renovated Wandishin Gymnasium

September 1, 2022

The Ewing community’s support of Referendum ’18 has allowed the completion of many facility projects that have improved and enhanced the school district as well as the student experience.

Emil Wandishin

One of the projects was the much-needed refurbishment of the main Ewing High School “Emil Wandishin Gymnasium”, as well as the EHS auxiliary gymnasium.

“This gym has seen so many great memories and impressive athletic accomplishments,” Ewing High School Principal Ed Chmiel stated. “It is wonderful to see it modernized and a great place for our student-athletes to perform.”

The gym is named in honor of iconic EHS Boys Basketball coach Emil Wandishin.   In 1965, Wandishin was named head coach at Ewing and he retained that post until his retirement at the conclusion of the ’92 season. Within two years, he had developed Ewing into a perennial state power. Wandishin’s coaching accomplishments include: Two state championships and five appearances in the state finals, including four times in nine years; a total of 491 victories; twenty-one consecutive winning seasons with thirty-six of his players receiving full or partial college scholarships.   Thirteen of Wandishin’ s players were named All-State, and four became college All-Americans, with one, Hollis Copeland, going on to play for the New York Knicks in the NBA.

The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting for the renovated gymnasium on Monday night, September 19th, at 7:30PM.  There will be brief remarks and then a photo opportunity. 

EHS Boys Basketball Team 1986

 

 

Coach Emil Wandishin with members of the 1986 Blue Devils basketball team, which won the New Jersey State Group III Championship, the first state title the school had ever won.