• picture of participants in groundbreaking ceremony

    On Wednesday afternoon, March 2nd, the official groundbreaking ceremony for RJR's multi-sports stadium took place at 4:30 pm.  Pictured above are those that officially participated.  This picture accompanied a front page article in the local newspaper the next day about this event.  That article can be viewed by clicking here ( * ).

    On the morning of March 5th, RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening staged a recorded Zoom conversation with Mrs. Kathryn Spanos (who is the President of the RJ Reynolds High School Home Field Advantage organization...which is responsible for raising the needed funds to build the stadium).              

    Kathryn Spanos and Harry Corpening

    Kathryn Spanos                               Harry Corpening

    To view the informative 22-minute video of their chat, which included such topics of why this organization was formed, and what work is still left for them to do, click here ( * ).

    Several different things were discussed during this interview.  Below are links to sites with more information about them.

    On March 4th, the lead editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal  congratulated RJR and the Home Field Advantage organization on being able to stage a groundbreaking ceremony after starting the endeavor to build an on-campus stadium back in 2010.  To view that editorial entitled "Our View: A victory for the home team," click here ( * ).

    * Click here ( * )  to go to the 'RJ Reynolds High School Home Field Advantage' website. Should you wish to make a donation towards the construction of the multi-sports stadium:  you can do so at that website.  To view the naming opportunities at the stadium, click here ( * ).

    For a little bit of recent history that led up to the groundbreaking ceremony:

    On Wednesday morning, February 16th, there was a front page article in the local newspaper titled "School Board approves spending $2.1 million for Reynolds practice field; its expected to be a site of athletic stadium."  To view that article, click here ( * ).

    Mr. Stan Deanis is the spokesman for RJ Reynolds High School Homefield Advantage. He was quoted in that article.

    logo for RJR Home Field Advantage        Stan Dean and Harry Corpening

                                                                                                     Stan Dean                                 Harry Corpening

    On February 18th, RJR Alumni President Harry Corpening interviewed Stan zia Zoom, to get more information about where things stand concerning a multi-sports stadium that will be  built. This very informative 21-minute conversation was recorded, and a video of their chat can be viewed by clicking here ( * ).

    Several different things were discussed during this interview.  Below are links to sites with more information about them.

    * To see artists' drawings of what the stadium will look like when completed: click here ( * ).

    picture of where the stadium will be built

    Above is a picture of the location of the multi-purpose athletic field. The stadium will then be built around it.

    * Click here ( * )  to view an article posted on this website about Coach Doug Crater (who the stadium will be named for).  Below is a t-shirt (that celebrates the naming of the stadium) that was given out to students by the RJR PTSA at halftime of the boys basketball game with Reagan High School.  

    Crash The Crater tee shirt

    * Click here ( * ) to see a listing of all of RJR's 42 athletic teams.

    * To see a listing of all the various RJR athletic teams that have to practice and play games off-campus: click here ( * ).

    * To view 3 articles in the local newspaper about the School Board agreeing to pay for an enhanced practice field and RJR students using Hanes Park facilities:  click here ( * ).

    * A document was mentioned about a RJR football game played in 1923 (the first year Reynolds High School was open) at which a RJR player (Leo Caldwell) died during the game..  Click here ( * ) to view that informative document that has pictures and images from 1923. It tells (among a lot of other things) what the mascot was for RJR in 1923 (...and it was NOT the Demons).

    * Click here ( * )  to go to the 'RJ Reynolds High School Home Field Advantage' website. Should you wish to make a donation towards the construction of the multi-sports stadium:  you can do so at that website.  To view the naming opportunities at the stadium, click here ( * ).

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