Leander Stockwell Jadwin graduated in 1928 after competing as a hurdler in track and field. He died eight months later in car accident.
Built largely with the money left to the University when Jadwin’s mother died in 1965, the building hosted its first athletic event on Jan. 25, 1969, when Princeton defeated Penn in men’s basketball.
Since then, Jadwin has become one of the key buildings on the Princeton campus and a major venue in the world of intercollegiate athletics. Today it is remains one of the great multi-purpose gymnasiums anywhere, with its five levels and enough floor space for eight football fields.
Jadwin is the home for Princeton men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s squash and men’s and women’s fencing, as well as a backup site for men’s and women’s tennis.
It also features most of the Department of Athletics administrative offices, as well as a weight-training center; an indoor turf field large enough to accommodate practices for sports such as baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse and football and main-court seating for nearly 7,000.
It took four years to build Jadwin, which at the time looked into the open end of Palmer Stadium, which itself had originally been built in four months of 1914 and had been built on that spot because it afforded an unobstructed view of the lake. Jadwin is basically the fifth home for Princeton basketball, which played in Bonner-Marquand Gymnasium (where Campbell Hall now stands) from 1900-02, University Gym from 1903 until fire destroyed the building in 1944, Baker Rink from 1944 until Dillon Gym opened in 1947 and then Dillon from 1947 until 1969.
While it is a facility that might be short on frills, Jadwin is still going strong in its middle age. Any number of events happen under its unique roof each year, and hardly a day goes by without some activity, whether it is Princeton athletics, a summer camp, a practice facility for some team, a high school track meet or the local high school science fair.
In honor of its 40th anniversary, here is a look at the Top 40 moments in Jadwin Gym history, beginning with 31-40 and continuing with 21-30 Wednesday, 11-20 Thursday and 1-10 Friday.
Feb. 21, 1988 Jeff Stanley defeats Keen Butcher to win an all-Princeton final in the men’s national squash individual championships.
March 12-15, 1979 Jadwin Gym hosts the NCAA fencing championships.
May 4, 1970 Following the shooting deaths of four Kent State students, a massive anti-Vietnam War protest is held in Jadwin Gym.
Feb. 23, 1990 Sandi Bittler sets an Ivy League record that still stands with 10 three-pointers in a game against Dartmouth.
Dec. 18, 1999 Spencer Gloger sets a Princeton record and ties an Ivy League record with 10 three-pointers as Princeton defeats UAB. Gloger sets the Princeton freshman record with 34 points in the game.
March 1, 1997 Current Princeton head coach Sydney Johnson makes his first five three-pointers to run his school-record streak of consecutive three-pointers made to 11. Johnson had gone 6 for 6 against Columbia the night before.
Feb. 7, 1985 Ellen DeVoe sets a Princeton women’s basketball record with 38 points in a win over LIU.
Jan. 26, 1970 Geoff Petrie scores 39 points, the most ever by a Princeton player in Jadwin, in a 69-54 win over Fordham.
Dec. 6, 2001 Monmouth’s Rahsaan Johnson sets the Jadwin record with 40 points in a 76-70 Princeton win over the Hawks.
Aug. 1-15, 1998 Princeton hosts the World Junior Squash championships. A total of 51 countries and 250 players are represented.