Goose Creek CISD is hosting a rousing patriotic tribute March 27 for the dedication of the newly renovated Memorial Sports Complex at Robert E. Lee High School.
The school district is inviting all Ganders, local veterans and community members to the 1 p.m. dedication ceremony that will take place at Pete Sultis Stadium during the afternoon break of the annual Rockhold Relays.
The Memorial Sports Complex at Robert E. Lee High School is home to Pete Sultis Stadium, Herrington Field, and the REL softball field.
Folks who attend the dedication ceremony will be given American flags to wave while the Famous Robert E. Lee Band plays the songs of the U.S. Armed Forces. Local members of the military will be recognized during the ceremony.
“As we celebrate the renovations at the Memorial Sports Complex, we want to honor and pay our respects to those who have served our country,” said Goose Creek CISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Toby York. “We invite our local veterans to join us for this dedication.”
The sports complex’s name is taken from Memorial Stadium (renamed
Sultis Stadium in 2002), which was named in honor of 59 Robert E. Lee
students who died in World War II.
The plaque reads: “To honor those valiant young men who gave themselves in service and sacrifice for God and country.”
The names of the 59 REL students were engraved on a brass plaque
attached to the base of the flagpole on the football field. Eventually,
the plaque was moved and mounted on a new frame for display in the
student commons at the venerable high school.
Before the 16,500-seat Stallworth Stadium was opened in 1970, Baytown
sports history was made at Memorial Stadium, where the Ganders played
on Friday nights and the all-black Carver High School teams played on
Saturday nights. Both schools produced championship teams and future
Come spring, sports fans were drawn to record-breaking track meets of REL and Carver.
Memorial Stadium was renamed Pete Sultis Stadium in 2002 for the school
district’s long-serving athletic director. Sultis retired in 1985 after
38 years of service to Goose Creek as a teacher, coach and athletic
Herrington Field was named for baseball coach Gary Herrington. From
1966 until his retirement in 2001, Herrington’s Ganders won more than
500 varsity games. They made the playoffs 10 years in a row at one
time, and, in 1999, reached the Region III-5A finals, coming within one
win of the state tournament.
In July 2008, the Goose Creek CISD Board of Trustees approved the project for the Memorial Sports Complex.
The project was a $5 million renovation to the old facility that
included replacing existing stadium seating with new grandstands and
press box, upgrading the track to UIL standard eight-lane track,
relocating track equipment to the south side of the field as well as
creating two new broad jump pits as well as a high jump areas.
The project also included new concessions and restroom building on the
north side of the field.
The entire track area as well as the entire
athletic complex at the stadium was re-fenced.
A new ticket booth
building and grand entry were constructed, as was a new storage
building for athletic storage. A new field P/A and sound system also
The school district added a new parking lot accommodating Sultis
Stadium, Herrington Field and the softball stadium.
The district also
added two new arch gates and signs for Sultis and Herrington stadiums.
Sultis Stadium was resodded and the irrigation system renovated and
Additionally the district constructed a new football practice
“The Gander sports tradition is one of the proudest in Texas high
school ranks, and what will happen on these newly renovated fields will
create many more memories for the Baytown Lee faithful,” York said.