Field Dedicated to LB Alumni

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The district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plaque unveiling at Long Beach High School’s Alumni Field on May 7. The field, dedicated to district alumni, was installed in the 2013-14 school year as part of the School Preservation Plan.

Physical education classes, sports teams and community members have been making use of the new turf field since its completion approximately one year ago. The field was home to the high school’s homecoming pep rally in October, along with a number of athletic victories achieved throughout the school year.

Long Beach residents, girls and boys varsity lacrosse players, and youth athletic program participants joined members of the Board of Education and administration at the dedication celebration. Also in attendance was former Board of Education President Patrick Gallagher, who played a significant role in spearheading the field replacement project.

Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Arnold Epstein welcomed guests and introduced Board of Education Vice President Stewart Mininsky. “It has been an incredible advantage for the high school to have its own turf field,” Mr. Epstein said. Mr. Mininsky shared several districtwide highlights, including the recent news that the girls varsity lacrosse team won the conference championship and the high school was awarded a silver medal in the national Schools of Opportunity program.

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss then addressed the audience and acknowledged the graduates who worked hard to make the district proud. “To our athletes, it is called Alumni Field because it is yours – not just now, but forever,” he said. “When you come back to visit, we hope you will think about what you accomplished here.” Mr. Gallagher discussed the history and work that brought the new field from concept to fruition.

Following the presentation of a plaque, which was engraved with “Alumni Field” and the names of the individuals who were involved in the project, a ribbon was cut to signify the official celebration of the turf field.