After 36 years, the playing field at Yosemite High School's Badger Stadium has a name -- Raupp Field.
Surrounded by family, colleagues and the district board of trustees, retired Yosemite Unified School District Superintendent Steve Raupp was honored during a half time ceremony during the Yosemite-Mendota football game Sept. 21.
Yosemite High Principal Ed Van Hoose highlighted Raupp's contributions and accomplishments during his 34 year career with the district. During his 11 year tenure as varsity head football coach, Raupp won three league championships.
In 1984 the Badgers were ranked the No. 1 defensive team in the state with seven shutouts and only 53 points scored against them while holding their opponents to a total of 815 offensive yards during the 12-game season.
Teacher/coach Ellen Peterson, the last of the original teaching staff hired in 1976 by the school, called the honor well deserved and appropriate.
"The ceremony was the accumulation of 34 years of dedication by Steve Raupp to the district, the school and the community," Peterson said.
After the ceremony, Raupp said he was deeply honored by the special recognition.
"It was wonderful to see many of my former students and staff who came out for this special occasion," Raupp said.