GUEST VIEW: ‘Legacy’ built to stand the test of time

By Daily News • Last Updated 1:24 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pete Haines

legacy (leg’e-se) n.,… 2. Something handed down from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past. (American Heritage Dictionary, Second Edition) 

As construction was early in the planning stages, many suggestions for naming our new football stadium were bantered about. Fortunately, when given the opportunity to participate, our own Greenville High School Student Council was able to sift through the many emotions and bring forward a recommendation to our Board of Education.

“Legacy,” they said, represented the fact that naming our new facility something that stood the test of time was most fitting. It was great wisdom that they brought to the discussion.

On Friday, Greenville will celebrate the recognition of over a century’s worth of memories and traditions around not only our high school football program, but our entire school and community. The rich history of our public schools is among the longest in the entire state of Michigan, as Greenville was among the first communities in the state to establish local public schools. In the days and weeks to follow, we will be reminded of some of the important and emotional markers of that history, with particular regard to the athletic programs which so appropriately compliment our commitment to academic excellence.

Dr. Duncan Black taught us that physical activities, including athletics, were an essential part of the development of our children. His message has not been lost.

While we take time to reflect on our rich past, noting the lessons which have most shaped who we are today, it will be with special care that we solidify those important steps of our past into permanent monuments to those who lifted us to this point. At the same time, we will embark on a new chapter, no doubt beginning to write the stories which will be shared with many generations to come.

We invite all of our community members, as well as our closest neighbors from Belding, to be an important part of this next phase. While you are here, please take time to enjoy the stories we learned as we listened to our community in designing and delivering these new facilities.

Greenville’s Yellow Jacket varsity football team will host the Belding Redskins at 7 p.m. on Friday at Legacy Field in Greenville.

Pete Haines is the superintendent of Greenville Public Schools.

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