Stadium renamed for former IHS coach
June 2, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
When students at Issaquah High School start the 2010 football season, they’ll play at Gary Moore Stadium.
The Issaquah School Board unanimously voted to approve a proposal to rename the stadium at their regular May 27 meeting.
“It is an honor,” said Board Member Jan Woldseth. “Anytime we have an opportunity to pay tribute to anyone that has given so much to the community, it is an honor.”
Moore was a coach and teacher at Issaquah Junior High School and Issaquah High School for 39 years. During his 28-year tenure at Issaquah High as its football coach, the team won 137 games, lost 76 and tied four. During that time, Moore led the team to three King County championships and was named Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association in 1984.
Moore died of a stroke Sept. 11. He was 68.
Mardi Nystrom, a longtime Issaquah resident and school district employee, made the proposal at the May 14 school board meeting to honor Moore.
“Since the words pride and tradition already represent the high school, the timing is perfect to carry that motto into the new school being built,” Nystrom told the board. “With pride in its history, let us honor Issaquah High School tradition by honoring Gary Moore, so that the new generations of students will know the example he set on and off the field.”The cost for a new sign is about $700, Nystrom said. While the money hasn’t been raised yet, Nystrom said several members and community organizations have already promised support in coming months.
The name will add to the heritage students past and present can share with each other, Woldseth said.
“For generations to come, students will ask, ‘Who was Gary Moore?’” she added. “That is the beauty of what we are doing this evening. They will be able to share the story and pass on the legacy.”
“I have been a resident in this community for 16 years,” School Board President Brian Deagle said. “Until Mardi made the proposal, I didn’t know Gary’s story. And I’m richer for it and I think the community will be richer for it to have his name be an enduring symbol in our community.”
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