In addition to the usual mix of athletics, mini-reunions and the alumni barbecue, this year’s Big Red Homecoming featured two special dedications. The Getz Sports Complex, which features Lawrenceville’s new turf fields, and the newly named Keuffel Stadium were officially welcomed into Big Red athletic tradition.
The first dedication came at 1:00 p.m., just before the varsity field hockey game against The Hill School, when Head Master Liz Duffy H’43, Bert A. Getz, Jr. ’85 and Athletic Director John Simar unveiled the plaque commemorating the official opening of The Getz Sports Complex. “The balance our students achieve as they grow into adulthood relies on all the pieces we bring together to foster their intellectual, social, emotional and moral development,” said Ms. Duffy in her introduction. “Athletics, with its focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, healthy competition, and love of the game, plays a major role in this undertaking.” The turf fields will host girls’ and boys’ soccer, girls’ and boys’ lacrosse, girls’ field hockey and Ultimate Disc.
A second dedication followed later on Tiihonen Field, during halftime of the Big Red-Hill football match-up, when Lawrentians celebrated the extraordinary life of Coach Kenneth Keuffel H’59 ’61 ’89 ’90 P’79, also known as “Coach K.” With Ken’s widow, Betsy, and the couple’s children in attendance, Trustee Glenn Hutchins ’73, Head Master Duffy, and Walter Buckley ’56 P’96 ’99 GP ’09 shared in honoring Coach K. Walter, who first met Coach as a player, offered a special remembrance of their more than 50-year friendship before unveiling a plaque that reads, in part: “Coach K is remembered by five decades of Lawrenceville students and athletes. With his compassion, intelligence and wit, he touched their lives and made them better scholars, better players, and simply better.”
Although Lawrenceville ultimately lost to Hill, 14-7, Coach K’s spirit was present in the enthusiasm and sportsmanship the Big Red players brought to the game.
Originally published on November 12, 2007.