You shot me right through the heart. I can not believe that is not the old high school. The old guys in town always said it was and the high stadium was there behind it. It even looks like a high school, red brick and concrete. However, having said all of this I will not disagree with historical facts. Also, I didn’t know the Monmouth Street School was the high school at one time. I went there up to sixth grade.
I may have to get our old friend Dave Munn to check this out; if he is still around I have not seen him since high school. Just kidding of coarse.
Another good friend was Harry Demarest he was my history teacher. I spent many hours listening to him talk on history.
I’m glad you responded because something in the back of my mind started to click. So, I called Dave Munn, one of my closest and dearest friends, and he confirmed what was bubbling up. While the shipyard office building was built for that purpose, the city board of education DID lease the building for two or three years for use as a high school while they worked to complete the secondary ed building that opened in 1934. So, we are both right and both wrong!
The Stadium dates to the years immediately following the Second World War. Returning GIs wanted to resume their athletic activities, so the city fathers raised private money to build a baseball field, track, hockey field, etc. The Mustangs and a number of other teams played there. Sometime subsequent to the facility’s completion, the board of education assumed the maintenance responsibilities in exchange for allowing the school students use of the fields.
My apologies for shooting you through the heart; perhaps you can consider it more like a shoulder graze!
P.S. I presume you attended football games while a student, so you probably saw the one-man wrecking crew: Humbee! I knew Jack Hamilton in later years after he became a Methodist minister.