Another big moment came in the early 1950's, when the "new gym" opened. Many memorable basketball games - and, in later years, wrestling meets and volleyball games as well - have been played in the "new gym," and the gym's stage has also provided a place for events such as class plays and graduation ceremonies, not to mention student seating for athletic events.
In 1973-74, the gym was considered too small to hold all the fans, as two excellent Alta and Aurelia boys basketball teams squared off for their Sioux Valley Conference games, so Alta's "home" games were played in the larger Buena Vista College gym and the Aurelia "home" games were played in the larger Cherokee Washington High School gym. Also memorable have been the times when Aurelia students competed at state-level events, and the town basically "emptied out" as (seemingly) everyone headed to the capital city to cheer on the Atoms, Bulldogs, band, choir, and speech contestants. The community has also usually staged farewell and/or welcome home ceremonies for these groups of students as well, sometimes even meeting the students as they came home and escorting them back into town. The Aurelia fans have always been very supportive and proud of their young people.
Jim Parrott, Cliff Wilson, Kletis Lenz, Francis Berry, Leland Galvin, Dar Friedlund, Roger Miller, Carlos Bryan, Marlin Lode, Jack Johnson, Raymond Kruse, Yubby Anderson, Royce Cougill, Gordon Fett, Celia Daniels, Lenore Slikkerveer, Elizabeth (Smith) Olson, Duane Kent, Kenneth Hasty, Lawrence Parker, Leland Anderson, Lucille Littell, James Scheidel, Susan Fry, Gladys Larson, Imogene Galvin, Deb Hull, Gary DeWall, Lou Collier, Bill Hodam, Bill Moritz, Duane "Nobby" Buttenob, Harlan Helm, Vern Rath, Buzz Curry, Roger Ritchie, Kevin Ritchie, Tom Bohnenkamp, Dick Vogt, Chuck VanHecke, Don Calvert, Mike Fry, Myron Radke, Joel Huffman, John Vande Weerde, Sam Moser, Tom Ball, Marv Munden, Grant Peckenschneider, Caroline Wogahn, Mabel Parrott, Polly Gano, Joan Brownmiller, Betty Wieland, Don Jackson, Tony Klein, Tom Anderson, and (last, but not least) Deb Anderson/Peterson.