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Larry Beans, center, with his family.

Before the Little Lions took the field Friday night, a group of alumni and community members came together to celebrate the generous support that helped to fund renovations and improvements to iconic Memorial Field.

The Education Foundation board, along with Superintendent Bob O’Donnell, Head Football Coach Matt Lintal and Athletic Director Chris Weakland, honored donors to the Memorial Field project and showed off new signage commemorating their gifts.

  • A $1 million commitment from Larry Beans ’62 named the press box; he also named the concession stands for his graduating class, many of whom attended the reception to celebrate with him. Larry’s family also attended.
  • Dreibelbis Plaza at Memorial Field is named for a $500,000 gift from Galen Dreibelbis ’52. His family joined him at the event.
  • The Hawbaker Family locker room is named in recognition of the family’s $200,000 gift. Dan Hawbaker ’57 attended with his family. 
  • Many home team lockers are named for individual alumni and families for their gifts to the project. Lockers are still available for naming through the Legacy Locker program. Learn more.

All donors to the Memorial Field project were invited to attend a 4 PM reception and tour, which was followed by a 5 PM reception for all alumni and friends who braved a little rain and enjoyed refreshments and snacks on Dreibelbis Plaza.

The Education Foundation board is grateful to all donors to the project and to the school district for its efforts in helping to recognize contributors. To learn more about the Legacy Locker program or other opportunities to contribute to the Campaign for Memorial Field, contact Executive Director Paul Olivett at (814) 883-8067.