The Branin Natatorium, named for McKinley's longtime successful swim coach, was built and donated to the Canton Schools Board of Education and the City Recreation Department by the Timken Foundation and was dedicated June 2nd, 1974. Its construction costs were just over $2 million. Planning on the natatorium began in earnest in 1966 when the pool at old McKinley High School was condemned. McKinley swimming was one of the great Ohio schoolastic dynasties at the time under coach Ted Branin. Superintendent George Young announced $150,000 of district money would be put towards a new swimming facility at the McKinley swimming banquet in 1968. From that initial plan, the Timken Foundation's involvement took the project to new heights. Much like Timken did with the Vocational High School downtown, the foundation built the faciltiy and then gifted it to the district.
The Natatorium is one of the premier swimming facilities in the Midwest. The facility is equipped with the latest updates and technology such as wave breaker lanes, a Colorado timing system and new touch pads. C.T. Branin Natatorium has hosted USA and Masters swimming and diving championships, as well as championships for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, NAIA, and NCAA among many others.
- 8 Lane – 25 Yards
- 8 Lane – 50 Meters
- 14' Diving Well
- Two 1-meter boards
- One 3-meter board
- Seating: 2,400 spectators
- 1,000 athletes on deck
- Score Board / PA System: Public address system and scoreboard
- Locker Rooms: Two varsity locker rooms w/ 30 person capacity each.
- Two instructor locker rooms w/ 10 person capacity each
- Two general public locker rooms with 60 person capacity each
You can read more about McKinley's legendary coach and swimming program in this article from the Canton Repository:
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