Resplendent in bright red “special occasion” T-shirts, Toni Taylor Goodwin and Karan Taylor Vanderwarker were honored guests at the Sept. 25 re-dedication of the renovated/modernized Steilacoom High School’s Athletic Fields.
The women, daughters of the district’s first superintendent Blair Taylor, along with their husbands, Ralph Goodwin and Robert Vanderwarker, took part in the pre-game field dedication held on Friday evening.
Mr. Taylor, a history teacher at Steilacoom Grade School, became principal there and eventually superintendent of the district. He was responsible for starting Steilacoom’s early sports programs.
The gala festivities began at 4:45 p.m. with a Tailgate Party/pep rally at the high school. The Sentinel Mascot, wearing a jaunty fur cap, mingled with the attendees before the game.
The pre-game ceremony included a ribbon cutting—Red Ribbon, of course—and a Color Guard.
SHS principal Jan McCrimmon, assistant principal Darrin Lowry, Steilacoom’s Mayor Ron Lucas, School Board chairman Sam Scott, SHS remodel/modernization contractor John Korsmo, and construction project manager Rusty Pritchard also took part.
Speaking on behalf of their families, Mrs. Goodwin thanked the school and district for honoring their late father. SHS’s assistant principal/Athletic Director Andre Stout presented commemorative footballs that had been autographed by SHS’s coaches and football players. The school’s choir sang the National Anthem before the Kick-Off.
The halftime show featured the SHS Marching Band and entertainment by a group of future cheerleaders, comprised of young ladies from the district’s primary grades.
Besides having an opportunity to get reacquainted with long-time Steilacoom friends and former classmates, earlier in the day the Taylor families toured five of the district’s schools, including its newest, Pioneer Middle School at DuPont/Northwest Landing, which opened in 2008
SHS’s Marketing students designed the colorful commemorative T-shirts that were sold during the pre-game festivities that evening.