Jadwin Gym, or more formally “the L. Stockwell Jadwin ’28 Gymnasium,” turns 40 this week.
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.
Jan. 26, 1979 The New Jersey Nets defeat the New Orleans Jazz 110-104 in the only NBA regular-season game in Jadwin Gym history.
April 29, 1974 - Cat Stevens plays the first UGA-McCarter Theatre concert.
Feb. 24, 2008 Princeton avenges a regular-season loss and defeats Penn 6-3 after dropping two of the first three matches to win the women’s national squash championship for the second straight year. The win gives Princeton a team or individual national champion for the 22nd straight year.
March 10, 1999 Mason Rocca, Ahmed El-Nokali, Gabe Lewullis, Brian Earl and Chris Young all play all 40 minutes in a 54-47 win over Georgetown in the opening round of the NIT. Georgetown subs 66 times; Princeton does not sub once.
Jan. 24, 1977 The Harlem Globetrotters play at Jadwin Gym. The Globetrotters would return each of the next two years as well.
Jan. 25, 1969 Chris Thomforde scores 20 points and Geoff Petrie scores 19 as Princeton defeats Penn 74-62 in the first game ever played at Jadwin.
Oct. 7, 1987 Shortly before the start of basketball practice, a circus comes to Jadwin Gym. The weight of the elephants causes damage to the floor and to the beams underneath, forcing a scramble to fix the problem in time for the basketball season.
Feb. 4, 1979 One night after getting into a fistfight during the same event at the Millrose Games in New York City, the Morgan State women’s mile relay team sets an American record and ties the world record with a time of 3:44.561 at the Princeton Relays.
Feb. 25, 1980 Gail Ramsay of Penn State defeats Nancy Gengler of Princeton in the women’s squash national championship match. Ramsay goes on to become the Princeton women’s coach.
Nov. 27, 1978 The musical group Boston plays a concert in Jadwin Gym.
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.
Aug. 2, 1983 Eddie Murphy performs his one-man show as part of his “Delirious” tour. He spends the first part of the show making fun of Mike Tyson and Brooke Shields, who are sitting in the front row.
Jan. 13, 2006 Meagan Cowher scores 35 points against Cornell one night after scoring 31 against Columbia, giving her the highest Ivy League weekend point total by a men’s or women’s player in Jadwin history.
Oct. 21, 1994 The award-winning basketball documentary “Hoop Dreams” debuts featuring a scene where the protagonists William Gates and Arthur Agee participate in the ABCD camp at Jadwin in front of most of the top college coaches in the country.
Oct. 24, 2008 Princeton retires the No. 42 across all sports in honor of football’s Dick Kazmaier and basketball’s Bill Bradley, arguably the two greatest athletes in school history. John McPhee, the Putlizer Prize-winning author who roomed with Kazmaier and wrote about Bradley, hosts the event.
Oct. 16, 1975 Arthur Ashe plays Bob Lutz and Vijay Armitraj plays Marty Reissen in exhibition matches at Jadwin as part of a tennis jamboree.
March 5, 1988 Kit Mueller and Dave Orlandini score 22 points each as Princeton defeats Ivy League champion Cornell 79-58. Princeton had been eliminated by three straight one-point losses in midseason before ending the year by hammering the Big Red; Princeton would win the next four Ivy titles.
Nov. 13, 1971 The Beach Boys play the first concert in Jadwin history. Among the songs played are: “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “California Girls,” “Heroes and Villains” and “Fun, Fun, Fun.”
March 3, 1977 Renaldo Nehemiah of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High runs a hand-timed 6.9 60-yard high hurdles race in the New Jersey high school state championships. Nehemiah, arguably the greatest hurdler of all time, would have set the world record had the time been electronic.
Feb. 26, 1971 Brian Taylor scores 31 points as Princeton defeats Yale 108-64. It is the only time a team has reached 100 points in a game at Jadwin Gym and remains the last time a Princeton team reached 100 points.
Sept. 30, 2005 - Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice speaks as part of the 75th anniversary of the Woodrow Wilson School.
March 15, 1975 Iowa wins the NCAA wrestling championship as Lehigh’s Mike Frick is named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Total attendance for the four-day event is 48,000 over six sessions, including 10,000 for the final session.
March 6, 2001 Princeton uses a 28-9 second half run to snap a tie game and sprint away from Penn 68-52 to win the Ivy League championship in John Thompson III’s first season as head coach. Nate Walton has nine points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals in the win.
Jan. 3, 1977 Frank Sowinski goes 6 for 6 from the field and 6 for 6 from the line for 18 points and Bob Slaughter scores 19 points as Princeton defeats Notre Dame 76-72. Attendance is listed as 8,000.
March 6, 1981 Undefeated Neptune High, ranked fifth nationally, defeats undefeated Camden High, ranked first nationally and averaging 103 points per game, 85-65 in the NJSIAA Group IV semifinal. Security fails to hold back those who didn’t originally get into the building; crowd estimates rank as high as 13,000.
Feb. 6, 1996 A fan, Dave Ulrich of Mount Laurel, N.J., comes out of the stands to participate in a halftime contest during the Princeton-Dartmouth women’s basketball game. The contestant has three opportunities to shoot from halfcourt, once each from the where the midcourt line and sidelines meet and once from center court. If he can make two of the three shots, he will win a car. To this point, only one contestant has made even one shot, which earned $100. On this night, this particular contestant makes the first shot and then makes the second, winning the car (a Saturn). Unaware that he has already won the car, he thinks he must make the third one as well which he then does. The highlight is played nationally and is the “Play of the Day” on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Dec 12, 1996 James Mastaglio scores 18 points, but Princeton falls 69-60 to North Carolina. Vince Carter completes an alley-oop after a Shammond Williams lob from beyond half court for the Tar Heels.
March 12, 1972 - Vince Cartier of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High runs a 4:06.6 mile at the state all-group meet. It remains to this day the fastest indoor mile ever run in a high school meet.
Dec. 6, 1971 Andy Rimol’s 23 points lead four Tigers in double figures as Princeton defeats North Carolina 89-73. North Carolina features future NBA players Bobby Jones, Bob McAdoo and George Karl.
March 10, 1991 Princeton completes a 24-2 regular season in men’s basketball with a 76-48 win over Loyola Marymount as Kit Mueller scores 21 points and Matt Eastwick scores 20. The game is televised nationally on CBS prior to the NCAA tournament selection show, and Jadwin is packed more than one hour before tip-off.
Nov. 1, 1978 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play at Jadwin Gym. The Boss opens with “Badlands” and, more than three hours later, finishes with an encore of “Rosalita,” “Born To Run” and “Quarter to Three.” Among the other songs he plays are “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “Prove It All Night,” “Racing In The Street,” “Thunder Road,” “Jungleland” and “Backstreets.”