The Baldwin Athletic Department and Baldwin High School Golf Team presented the grand reopening of the Jim Stanko Golf Room on November 23, 2019 in the Wallace Building.
Mr. Stanko taught in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District for 32 years, teaching fifth and sixth grade at both Rolling Hills and Whitehall Elementary Schools. Jim not only led the Fighting Highlander Golf Team to a 376-107 record, but he established the Baldwin Golf Room in the early 1990’s. Through his hard work and dedication, he created a one of a kind indoor facility for the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. His room not only allowed his team to practice year round, but he also invited programs like the Special Olympics of Allegheny County to utilize the facility in an effort to grow the game of golf.
After Mr. Stanko’s retirement in 2013, the golf room continues to inspire and encourage young golfers. The room has hosted numerous clinics for students in grades K-8 for students in the Baldwin-Whitehall area. Organizations like the TGA and the First Tee of Pittsburgh have utilized the facility over the last several seasons, and the Special Olympics Club of Allegheny County still practices here every winter.
In the fall of 2018, players, parents and coaches embarked on the ambitious plan of raising over eight thousand dollars to upgrade the facility. Over the last two years, the room acquired two, full swing simulators where participants can practice and play on one of over forty courses. We have installed a professional putting green that more than doubles the previous surface. We continue to explore ways to involve community members to grow the game of golf in our one of a kind facility.