of the Richwood Tiger
the alley behind the school was Memorial Field, named to honor those
who served in World War II. One of the participants in the 1946
dedication ceremony was E.G. McFarland, who had been the coach when
football began at Richwood High School in 1914. (This
information comes from Virg Rankin's research.)
were later laid around the football field to form a running track,
leading in 1960 to the first Richwood Relays.
Below we see the finish of one of the relay races. That looks
like Larry Colegrove 64 anchoring the winning Richwood
team. In the background on the left is the stairway to the
Relay Queen and her court presented awards to the winners:
ribbons to individuals and trophies to schools.
If I remember correctly, these girls were chosen by the members of
the Varsity R Club, a group of about 30 boys who had won letters in
football, basketball, cross country, and track and field.
(There were no varsity girls' sports in those days. Title IX would
not be enacted for several more years.)
football at Memorial Field was played under the lights. Again,
thats the pressbox tower in the background, on the south side
of the field. I recall sitting with my father on that side of
the field in the 1950s to watch a six-man football game; I think the
home team was from tiny Magnetic Springs High School, later to be
consolidated into our district.
the north side, concrete bleachers for the home team's fans, seating
1,300, were added in 1959.
structure, which we called the "stadium," was actually
located within the cinder track's oval. If a distance runner on
the backstretch looked up and to his left, this is the angle he'd see.
decade before my time, night games at Memorial Field employed a
white football for better visibility. But the painted pigskin
proved slippery. As lighting improved, the NFL stopped using
the white ball in 1956, and Richwood High School followed suit.
football team practiced on another field a couple of blocks away,
behind the elementary school. (In fact, they played their games
here, after school, until Memorial Field was built following World
War II.) Head coach Fritz Drodofsky was not above using a club
to make sure that his fullback started moving promptly when the ball
PEEVES: RON STIDHAM
football game each fall was designated as
"homecoming." I believe each of the four classes
voted to choose its attendant to the homecoming queen, and she was
elected by the whole school. The results were announced before
the big night.
the members of the court rode to the field in open
convertibles. In the fall of 1964, Homecoming Queen Roxye
Carter (on the left below) was accompanied by her predecessor Barbara
Williams, the queen from the recently graduated class of 64.