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North looks forward to stadium

August 30, 2000

North looks forward to stadium



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer


A new athletic complex for football, soccer and lacrosse games is in the works for North Hagerstown High School, according to Principal David Reeder.

The 2,500-seat complex would be at the old driver's education range next to the student parking lot and could be completed by 2003, he said. He did not give an estimate of how much the complex could cost or how much land it would need.

North Hagerstown High School, on Pennsylvania Avenue, is the largest and only high school in the county without its own stadium, Reeder said. The school shares School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School with South High - its main rival.

"It's almost like every game is an away game," Reeder said. "For every game, the kids have to get on a bus and travel. It's to the point now that a complex is just critical for North High."

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North High's boys and girls soccer and lacrosse games are also held at School Stadium, in addition to South High's games.

"It's absolutely overbooked," Reeder said.

South High Principal Michael Shockey said North High having its own field would boost school spirit. Shockey is a former North High assistant principal.

"They should have their own," Shockey said. "It's not fair to those kids, and it's devastating to school spirit."

He said the number of games played at School Stadium is taking a toll on the field.

A new complex would be funded with community donations, not money allocated by Washington County, Reeder said.

"We're not looking for (financial) support from the Board of Education, were looking for support from the community," Reeder said.

The school is hoping to receive money donations, as well as materials, time and expertise, he said.

"We're looking for any help we can get in any way, whether it's money or services," Reeder said.

The complex has not yet been approved by the Board of Education, but the school has been working on plans for years, Reeder said. He said school authorities will continue to work on plans and keep the Board informed and also discuss the project with residents living near the school.

"We want to be good neighbors," he said. "And we're very excited about it. We think that North High needs to have this take place."

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