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New Scoreboard Installed at San Marin High Field

Booster Club handled it from start to finish, district says.

San Marin High School has a new scoreboard at Mead Field, and it's looking mighty slick.

The old scoreboard — nobody seems to know how old it was — was dismantled and the new wireless one was erected last week. Mustang Sports Boosters president Tom Gorman said fundraising efforts by the club paid for the new scoreboard.

"The old board certainly lived well past her lifespan," said San Marin athletics director Craig Pitti, "but with many of the continuous problems it was having year in and year out we knew a new board had to be installed ASAP. Through our San Marin All Sports Boosters and the generous fundraising efforts of our community, we were able to do this a year earlier then we had expected. Being a wireless board will help all of our teams that use the turf, including soccer and lacrosse for use at their games."

The installation comes one year after a new combined snack shack and restrooms were opened just a few feet from the scoreboard.

"Tom Gorman ... has left a real nice legacy of projects that have upgraded our facilities for our students and community," Pitti said. 

Pitti said school district officials hope to address the dilapidated condition of the press box and look into installing lights to maximize use of Mead Field's turf.

Novato High's scoreboard was changed about five years ago when the synthetic field was installed, according to Novato Unified School District maintenance chief Dave Ashe.

Bill Fox October 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
The old scoreboard was installed before the 1997 season ...RIP
Brent Ainsworth (Editor) October 02, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Thanks, Bill!
FINNEGAN'S MARIN October 02, 2012 at 03:23 AM
We figured Zechlin, Stiveson, or Moroski would chime in on this one. How we forgot Bill Fox is unforgiveable! Thanks Bill! Rumor has it that SM scoreboards have a 5 year shorter life span than similar score boards at other high schools. Scoring so many points has that effect! Go Mustangs!
Karen Turnbaugh October 02, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Coca Cola paid for the old scoreboard. Terri Walsh did her usual magic getting that large donation.
Jeffrey Vaillant October 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
This comment raises my awareness: "Pitti said school district officials hope to address the dilapidated condition of the press box and look into installing lights to maximize use of Mead Field's turf." The installation of lights is costly AND has extensive environmental impacts on the surrounding neighborhoods. No lights, thank you.
Ron Poggi October 02, 2012 at 03:57 PM
The new scoreboard looks great, but, let's put in some lights. The BENEFITS to the students and community far out weigh ANY negative impact to the neighborhood. We bought a home close to the school so our children could walk their and play sports their. We hear the noise from the games now. We would see the lights AND are ok with that because it would benefits the students that would use it. Having them "hang out" at a Friday night football game is better than hanging out in a parking lot down at the Square or at Harvest. IMHO, if you bought a home near a school, then you should have known what you were getting into as far as noise, traffic, etc, etc...
Mark Burnham October 02, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I agree. Lights and the added hours available at the SM facility would benefit Novato in so many ways. Increased revenues, a greater sense of community & far more hours for HS and youth sports. Build it.
BJL October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Yes Lights.... our High School kids would have so much fun at night games.
Rob Hardman October 03, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Well stated Ron. I live right next to the field and support Friday night H.S. football like most of the country gets to have.
Dexter Kaziff October 03, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Novato vs. San Marin on a Friday Night...nothing could be better. Lights, please. There will be no extensive impact on anyone to have 5 lighted football games a year.
Mark Burnham October 03, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Dex. It wouldn't just be 5 per year. Football ain't the onlly game in town. Soccer, lacrosse, track & field .. to name a few. Dropping lights here for 5 days per year doesn't make financial sense, it isn't fair to other sports and full disclosure to the neighbors should be of utmost importance. Limitations must be put in to place on how many nights, how late, and any sounds that might eminate from the field. That being said.. bring on the lights!

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