Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center
1971, 1975; Department of Physical Education,
Cardiac Rehab Center, Campus Recreation, Swimming Pool
The Center not only houses classrooms and activity areas of the Physical
Education Department but also is used for intramurals and recreational sports
by students, faculty, and staff.
Indoor and outdoor sports at the facility
include archery, basketball, badminton, boxing, dance, golf, gymnastics,
tumbling, handball, squash, shuffleboard, table tennis, tennis practice,
wrestling, weight lifting/body building, football, golf practice, horseshoes,
rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.
A three-story addition
doubling the size of facility was completed in 1975. The addition features an
Olympic-sized swimming pool and diving towers, two gymnasiums, handball and
squash courts, offices, and classrooms.
The Center was named for Solomon Blatt (1895-1986, Class of 1917
Law, 1962 Honorary), a member of the S.C. House of Representatives from
Barnwell County for 54 years. He was speaker of the S.C. House from 1937
to 1947 and from 1951 to 1973, or a total of 33 years. He was also a
member of the USC Board of Trustees from 1935 to 1947. At the time of
his death, he was the oldest active state legislator and held records
for longest continuous state legislative service and the longest tenure
as House speaker. The University of South Carolina was one of his great
loves, and his influence helped to direct its development.