A recent poll about lighting the stadium field showed 53% in favor and 47% against lights. There was a flurry of last minute inputs from sports clubs outside of SHA which greatly influenced the final tally. The plan is to rent it nightly to sports clubs; i.e. adult soccer teams.
Excerpt from the article that has great photos: In the fall of 1958, longtime Alexandria schools superintendent Thomas Chambliss "T.C." Williams took the unusual step of firing a black school cafeteria worker who by all accounts did a stellar job.
The cook, Blois Hundley, 42, a mother of eight, had just joined in a federal civil rights lawsuit to force Alexandria schools to let her children attend a whites-only school. To Williams, this was an unforgivable, fireable offense. He called Hundley's participation in the civil rights lawsuit "a slap in the face". Hundley never worked for Alexandria's public school system again.
Sixty years later, the name T.C. Williams is world famous - not just for the high school named after him on King Street, but for the idealized story of integration made famous by Hollywood in the movie "Remember the Titans". By contrast, the name Blois Hundley is all but forgotten.
SHA residents spoke at the School Board meeting about the problems and flaws with the feasibility study done by Kimley-Horn for putting lights on the football field at TCW. Nevertheless, the School Board approved further study of the proposal in a vote of 8-1 with Pat Hennig voting against pursuing this option. According to the feasibility study: