North High seeks help to build stadium

April 22, 2002|BY TARA REILLY

A $2.1 million stadium and athletic complex is in the works for North Hagerstown High School, and school and community officials are looking to the public for help.

School officials have set up four committees to get the project rolling, Principal David Reeder said.

Reeder said the school is looking for members of the public to staff committees that will deal with the stadium's fund-raising efforts, construction and promotion. An executive committee will oversee the entire project, chaired by teacher and coach Greg Slick.

About 25 people have volunteered for the committees so far, Reeder said.

Reeder said the stadium will be phased in over three years with money from fund-raisers, donations and business contributions. It will have 2,100 seats. He said the school will not ask the Washington County Board of Education to pay for any part of the project.


School Board member Paul Bailey, the board's liaison to the stadium project, could not be reached for comment Sunday night.

The field will be built first, with lights, a press box and a concession stand coming later, he said. Plans also tentatively include a wall of fame and a plaza costing $100,000.

"I don't think we're going to have the money to do it all at one time," Reeder said. "It's not going to happen overnight."

The stadium, which has been discussed for years, is planned for the former driver's education range near the school's parking lot.

North Hagerstown is the only high school in the county without a stadium. The school uses School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School.

Reeder said a new stadium would decrease the large number of events held at School Stadium, which is causing wear and tear on the field.

"We're terming it a 'need to protect the School Stadium' investment," Reeder said.

About 60 sporting events a year are booked at School Stadium, he said.

He also said it would be nice for North Hagerstown students to have their own stadium.

"We're excited about it," Reeder said.

Those interested in volunteering for a committee may call Slick at 301-766-8238, ext. 4035.

The groups meet about once a month. The next meeting is scheduled for May 23 at 7 p.m. at North High's media center.

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