Back to All Events

Voni B Grimes Gym Raising the Roof


The year was 1916. The sport of basketball, invented by Canadian James Naismith just 25 years earlier, was gaining in popularity.

The first dunk in an NBA basketball game was decades away from happening, as was the league itself.

But that year, the building now known as Voni B. Grimes Gym opened its doors on East College Street in York as part of the York Collegiate Institute, a forerunner of today's York College. It was called the College Avenue Gym back then.