Paul Quinn College
- With college basketball season quickly approaching, Paul Quinn College is rolling out one of the most unique courts in the country.
- The court, which also serves as a history lesson, features the Dallas skyline during 1920s.
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As college basketball courts continue to evolve from simplistic demarcations to a space for team logos, corporate ads and unique designs, Paul Quinn College is incorporating a history lesson. The private college in Dallas, Texas unveiled its new court ahead of the 2021 season and it’s extraordinary.
The school is affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is the oldest historically black college west of the Mississippi River. It is also the nation’s first urban work college and has a student body of around 550 total students.
As part of its new Health and Wellness Center, the school redid its basketball court.
“The basketball court is housed in the new 1,100-person capacity Health & Wellness Center – the first new building on campus in almost 50 years,” the school said. “The facility will be used by Paul Quinn’s varsity basketball and cheer and dance teams, Health & Wellness majors and select community partners.”
The floor features an eye-popping black, silver and purple color scheme and will grab your attention right away.
However, it is one specific detail that makes it so distinctive.
Running from three-point line to three-point line across the court, is a historic image of the Dallas skyline from pre-integration in the 1920s.
Does HBCU Paul Quinn College have the coolest court in the nation? 👀
The court design features the Dallas skyline from pre-integration 1920's 🌃 pic.twitter.com/QS3LVAxvTD
— FOX College Hoops (@CBBonFOX) October 20, 2021
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The Health & Wellness Center on the campus of Paul Quinn College.
Paul Quinn is an HBCU in Dallas TX that plays in the NAIA.
This may be one of the baddest courts in the nation at any level. Take a look! pic.twitter.com/TlG3ehZszi
— William Payne 🧩 (@TweetsbyCoachP) October 19, 2021
According to Paul Quinn President Dr. Michael Sorrell, the depiction is a reminder of a time during the Jim Crow South.
“Those of us at Paul Quinn College, we really weren’t welcome in Downtown Dallas,” he said.
The court also serves as an acknowledgement of how far the school has come. In an interview with Fox4 News, Dr. Sorrel explained why the historical reference is so significant.
“We are going to build our path forward on this uncomfortable history,” he said. “He went back and looked at our institution and looked at what we stand for, looked at what we mean to this community, look at how we advocate for our community and said, ‘Let’s turn this into a history lesson,’ And that’s what it is.”
The court a tremendous lesson for a school that has a deep-rooted history in southern Dallas and it looks awesome. The intricate, subtle details make it stand out without being an eyesore or trying to do too much.
Well done, Paul Quinn.