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SHS graduate appreciates restored stadium

2018 will be my 60-year Sterling High School class reunion. I appreciate all of the great instructors who taught us skills and to be responsible citizens as we travel through life.

I have lots of good memories of those days. I watched the school being built in 1949-50 as I lived two blocks away. I was 9 years old, and I remember riding my bike north to the building site and sliding down the the huge sand hills.

My neighborhood friends and I would also ride to the stadium, ride on the tennis courts and run around on the bleachers. The stadium was never locked for fear of vandalism.

In 1929, our country began to experience what is called the Great Depression. Unemployment soared to 25 percent of the country’s workforce. After Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, he signed the New Deal into law, consisting of initiatives for creating jobs and supporting workers that included Social Security as we know it today.

President Roosevelt’s New Deal provided work for the construction of Sterling High School’s football stadium, a solid structure that has an important history. There had been conversation pointed to tearing it down and constructing a new stadium.

As I drive by the restored structure today, I am so thankful for those who chose to restore the stadium and create what we now enjoy as a beautiful addition to the Sterling High School campus.

The planning and design tie right into the design of the rest of the campus so well.

Thank you to all who were involved in restoring this historical monument for future generations.

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