WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Named for the first Warner Robins High School principal, for years the Bert Rumble Complex sat on the site of the original school building.

It's gone now, cleared for a new project at Warner Robins High.

School principal Chris McCook calls it progress.

"(It's an) amazing facility about to come in to Warner Robins High School," he said.

That facility, a nearly $10 million gymnasium is scheduled to open in early 2020, just in time for basketball playoffs.

When it does, it'll boast double-decker seating for more than 2,100 fans and plenty of space for visiting teams and trainers.

McCook says it will be home to the school's basketball, wrestling, volleyball, cheer and other sports.

It's a big stage -- one that boys basketball coach Jamaal Garman says will elevate his team's game.

"They'll concentrate more on their basketball skills because they know they have their facility now that that's going to be able to get some exposure for them," he said. 

That, McCook says, would bring a smile to Bert Rumble's face.

"I'm sure he had a vision then, and I like to think that we've carried out that vision and have met his standards," he said.

It's a legacy Garman tries to live up to.

"I just want to be able to be that person when somebody comes along after me...(they'll) be able to say Coach Garman was an inspiration to me as well," he said.

He won't have to look hard for inspiration in his new gym.

The facility is named after legendary coach Elijah Weatherspoon. There will be a special honor for another Warner Robins basketball icon, Chip Malone.

So maybe it's only fitting that at the site where it all began, demolition crews left just one thing.

Towering above the now empty field, the arch remains as a monument to the thousands of students and staff who passed under it on the way to school and a reminder of the legacies they left behind.