NAMING OF NCHS FOOTBALL FIELD

NAMING OF NCHS FOOTBALL FIELD

The Unit 5 Board of Education and Administration is proposing that Normal Community High School football field be named the Dick Tharp Field after the school’s longtime head coach.

Coach Tharp was a teacher and head football coach at Normal Community High School. During his tenure as head coach (1968-1988) he had 158 wins, the most in school history. The team also made eight playoff appearances. The team was also the 1974 Class 4A State Runner-Up.

Current plans call for the renaming to occur during 2021 fall football season. No district funds will be used for this change. Any costs will be covered by private donations.

Anyone with objections or concerns can submit them in writing and send them to 1809 W. Hovey, Normal IL 61761 or submit by email district@unit5.org by July 16. A public hearing regarding the change is also scheduled at 6:30, Wednesday, July 21 at Normal West High School, 501 N. Parkside Road in Normal.