Letters to the Editor

LHS tradition

August 15, 2010

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To the editor:

A school with a very, very rich tradition in football is playing second fiddle. Where is the respect?

Lawrence High football should have stayed at Haskell Stadium and kept the tradition going. It was real high school football and a great atmosphere. Everyone loved it.

The school district should be ashamed of themselves. Since they did decide to leave Haskell Stadium, why is it taking so long to have your normal accommodations, such as bathrooms, a press box and concessions, for a historical football program with a rich tradition.

Shame, shame. Let’s get it together!

Comments

youngjayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

Haskell was the pits and held the district hostage; costing way more than it was worth. The district, however, should have built a sports complex including 1 football stadium to be shared by both high schools. Double everything was totally unnecessary and a waste of taxpayer dollars. Shame on you, LPS!

cato_the_elder 4 years, 9 months ago

USD 497 bent over backwards to work with Haskell. To the great disappointment of many, for reasons that are still unclear the school district's efforts weren't reciprocated. Sad, yes - for tradition and atmosphere Haskell was the greatest venue ever, and the interaction that resulted between Haskell and the rest of the Lawrence community as the result of playing high school football there was a very positive experience that many Lawrencians had enjoyed for decades. The much-needed playing field and facility upgrades offered by USD 497 would have made Haskell Stadium a state-of-the-art athletic complex if certain Haskell officials had been willing to work with the school district to make it a reality. However, LHS fans must now look forward, not backward, and embrace our new stadium at LHS. Yes, the fact that it's taken as long as it has to get the concession buildings and press box built has been extremely frustrating for all, but they will be done soon. It will always be a Great Day to be a Lion, and the kids at LHS have once again begun a new school year with pride.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 9 months ago

"The much-needed playing field and facility upgrades offered by USD 497 would have made Haskell Stadium a state-of-the-art athletic complex if certain Haskell officials had been willing to work with the school district to make it a reality. "

Can you be more specific?

What proposals were put forward by the school district? Were they declined by Haskell? If so, what reasons, if any, were given, and by whom? Did Haskell offer any counter proposals?

blindrabbit 4 years, 9 months ago

Being a 1950's LHS grad, I can tell you that the move from Haskell Stadium to campus has little to do with the decline is LHS football (and tradition). The slide can be attributed to several things including: Less than effective coaching #1 Divided town (two schools) Private Schools Complacency (too many early successes) Changing interests by students Not building on tradition

cato_the_elder 4 years, 9 months ago

Bozo, the bottom line is that the school district never received a meaningful response to any of its proposals, despite attempting to work with Haskell on a partnership for proposed stadium renovations for over a year. There you have it. Why, you ask? There's always speculation, but in my opinion no one really knows.

nascar 4 years, 9 months ago

Are the "donors" responsible for the lush landscaping and maintenance at Free State? I've been in both football stadiums in the past two weeks and there is a vast difference at Free State. There are lots of trees/ shrubs/ flowers there being watered this summer. LHS has similar dirt/ brick/ rock at each end of bleachers but LHS is filled with weeds. Just an observation.

matthewjherbert 4 years, 9 months ago

doesn't the new stadium mean LHS will finally get to keep some of the concessions revenue? I don't see a downside.

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