Every school takes great pride in the many accolades and awards earned over the years. Sports teams, academic teams, clubs and the arts can receive recognition for their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, stage or studio. Depending on how long a school has been operational, the number of students who have walked the halls over the years can be enormous, along with the number of trophies, ribbons, plaques, pictures, certificates and medals. This is why display cases adorn the hallways, entrances, common areas and libraries of many schools, to house all the honors earned by current students and alumni.
Many trophy and display cases have clear glass fronts and sides which not only protect memorabilia but allow for easy viewing. Some have the option to illuminate contents with lighted cornices or recessed puck lights. The available space helps gauge which size and style are best suited, whether it’s free-standing or wall-mounted. Free-standing floor display cases range in width and height, plus can be designed as corner display cases. Others are sized as counter display cases for easy viewing from above – these are popular choices in retail outlets. Wall-mounted display cases serve to elevate memorabilia and either free up floor space or capitalize on available wall space. This style can be completely recessed into a wall or come equipped with an illuminated header to highlight a school's name.
All styles of trophy and display cases have glass shelving. These can be staggered or extend the width of the case. Because trophies and other awards vary in size, all cases have adjustable shelving for a customized fit. There is also the option to select from various styles of backings inside the case. These usually range from mirrors, colored fabric, white melamine or wood laminate. Another common feature is a locking mechanism. School memorabilia is considered priceless keepsakes, so having the option to keep items locked may be preferred.
One other popular style of display case is a shadow box, or memorabilia case, where items are mounted behind a glass front. This gives smaller objects like medals, ribbons, event programs and even uniforms or jerseys greater prominence. Size, background color, depth and framing can all be customized to fit what is being exhibited. Some are designed for indoor or outdoor use with multiple display panels and a lighted header to personalize.
With all the options available, schools can use any number of display cases to showcase their rich history of accolades, recognition, awards and distinctions for students, faculty, guests and alumni to enjoy.