Baseball player Bryce Harper surprises students with new locker room

Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals reacts to striking out against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 10-4 Phillies win at Nationals Park on July 31, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images

Baseball player Bryce Harper surprises students with new locker room

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

Bryce Harper, who plays for the Washington Nationals, surprised a group of football and baseball high school players on Monday. He gave them a brand-new locker room.

Harper and his teammates totally transformed a dingy locker room at Anacostia High School in southeast Washington, D.C. They put a fresh coat of paint on the walls along with Anacostia's logo and installed new wooden benches with inspirational messages. The new locker room also has a brand-new television screen, a pristine white board and black leather couches in the corner. The baseball players even painted the pipes along the ceiling red and blue, which are the team's colors.

Harper visited the school on Monday for the big reveal. He then spent several minutes talking to the student athletes about how he got where he is now.

According to the Washington Post, the student football and baseball players had no idea what was going on. The locker room had been closed for a while and the renovation was a surprise. And when Harper walked into the locker room, he was met with stunned silence.

After he spoke to the students, Harper answered questions and posed for selfies with the players.

Former Michigan defensive back and Super Bowl champion Cato June is the athletic director and football coach for the school, which is his alma mater.

Harper began his baseball career in Las Vegas, where he grew up. He attended Las Vegas High School. In 2009, he earned his GED so that he would be eligible for the June 2010 amateur draft. He then enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada and began playing baseball there. In 66 games, he hit 31 home runs. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the Washington Nationals in 2010. He made his Major League Baseball debut when he was just 19 years old.

Harper teamed up with Gatorade for the transformation.

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to