The Warsaw boys tennis team cuts the ribbon in front of the school’s new tennis facility, located in the Tiger Athletic Complex.
The Warsaw boys tennis team cuts the ribbon in front of the school’s new tennis facility, located in the Tiger Athletic Complex.
Warsaw Community High School unveiled its brand new tennis courts in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon, commemorating the year-and-a-half long process of planning and building the newest facility in the Tiger Athletic Complex.

The project cost just over a million dollars to complete, and began in spring of 2021 after it was deemed that the previous tennis courts, which had been in use since the school’s opening, were no longer fit to play on.

“We had seen some small cracks, some wear and tear but when we went to take a look before that spring season, those cracks looked like fault lines,” Warsaw Athletic Director Matt Binkerd said. “At that point we figured out the cracks were rooted in the foundation of the soil, so we figured if we’re going to do this, let’s do this right.”

After soil tests came back last spring, all approval was made to break ground on the new courts, which sit west of the football field and just south of softball fields in the school’s athletic complex.

Construction began in fall of 2021, with the project being completed this May, just after the end of girls tennis season. The courts were used this summer for various youth camps and other activities, but were officially honored Wednesday before Warsaw took on Huntington North as the courts’ first official match.

“The viewing and visibility for spectators is going to be wonderful, and our athletes have gotten used to playing on surfaces with some cracks here and there,” Binkerd said. “They won’t have that problem anymore, and playing on a top-quality surface is something I think the kids are going to be really excited about.”

The courts still have a few additions to be put in place, namely bleachers, light poles and wind screens.

“Being able to do this took a combination of public and private funds. We had a lot of generous donors in the community who wanted to remain anonymous but wanted to make sure our kids have a first class facility that will be here for a very long time,” Warsaw Community Schools Superintendent David Hoffert said. “We’re very proud of our tennis teams and this facility, and being able to provide this facility for many generations of athletes to come.”