Henry Memorial Center

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Henry Memorial Center
Location Washington, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°10′21″N 80°14′32″W / 40.1725°N 80.2423°W / 40.1725; -80.2423
Owner Washington & Jefferson College
Capacity 2,000 (gymnasium)
300 (natatorium)
Built 1970
Washington & Jefferson Presidents
Bill Clinton speaking at the Henry Memorial Center during the 2008 Presidential primary election.

The Henry Memorial Center is a multi-purpose collegiate sports complex on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College. It houses two main athletic facilities, a gymnasium and a natatorium.[1] The Henry Memorial Center also has an auxiliary basketball gym court, two handball courts, a wrestling practice room, and a weightroom.[1] The third floor houses coaches’ and administrative offices and the bottom floor houses the locker room facilities.[1] The building was built in 1970 and is named after W&J graduate and long-time athletic director Pete Henry.

The main gymnasium serves as the home site for W&J's wrestling, volleyball, and men’s basketball team and the women’s basketball teams.[1] Its bleachers can hold 2,000 spectators.[1]

The natatorium serves as the event center for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams as well as the men’s and women’s water polo squads.[2] The facility has a six-lane, 25-yard pool, with depths ranging four to seven feet deep.[2] The pool has a separate diving well and diving boards of one and three meter heights.[2] A balcony overlooking the pool can house approximately 300 spectators.[2]

The natatorium was the site of the 1976 and 1980 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.

During the 2008 Presidential primary election, former President Bill Clinton stumped for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the gymnasium.[3] Vice President Dick Cheney also spoke in the gymnasium during the 2004 Presidential election.[3] It also was the site for the 2005 Presidential inauguration of Tori Haring Smith[4] It has hosted Pittsburgh Steelers charity basketball games in 2007[5] and 2010.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e "W&J: Henry Memorial Center". Washington & Jefferson College. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d "W&J: Henry Memorial Natatorium". Washington & Jefferson College. 
  3. ^ a b "Former President Bill Clinton to Speak at W&J on Tuesday" (Press release). Washington & Jefferson College. March 10, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Washington & Jefferson College to Inaugurate 12th President" (Press release). Washington & Jefferson College. October 17, 2005. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ Karen Francschini (May 6, 2007). "Washington Sunday Bulletin Board". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. 
  6. ^ "W&J to Host Pittsburgh Steelers Charity Basketball Game". Today @ W&J. Washington & Jefferson College. 2010-03-25. Archived from the original on 2012-07-08. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 

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