March 3, 2013
During my years at Padua ’62-66, I recall stories of the gym being haunted. Noises from the heating or rodent issues could have contributed to some of these stories. One story has a student hearing a dribbled basketball on the upper floor basketball court. Upon inspection of the upper floor it was found dark and vacant. This particular story probably had it’s roots from the death of Coach Franzese in the mid 50’s. During my final year at Padua I kept score for the basketball games and one of my responsibilities was to phone in the score and stats to the local newspaper. Needless to say I always had the haunted gym in the back of my mind but fortunately never observed anything out of the ordinary. During a visit to the property for the 2009 reunion the gym was accessible, however in 2012 the gym was borded up. What a shame to let this building deteriorate and take on this eerie aura of being haunted.