Athletic Complex Dedicated

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Baymen pride was in the air as the district dedicated its new state-of-the-art athletic complex to former school board president and well-respected community member Doug Oakland, who passed away this summer. Held on Sept. 4, the well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony paid tribute to Oakland, who was instrumental in the field’s construction.

“I know Doug would be proud of the sense of community pride that this athletic field will create,” said Superintendent of Schools Lars Clemensen. “It is a symbol of strength in our community.”

Also speaking at the ceremony were Athletic Director Drew Walker, High School Principal Christopher Richardt and Oakland’s wife, Stephanie, who said, “We, as a family, are very honored that this stadium represents all that is great about Hampton Bays.”

Following the speeches, Oakland family members, district administrators and Southampton Town officials gathered on the 50-yard line to officially cut the ribbon on the athletic complex, which features renovated track, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse fields, as well as a new football facility.

To conclude the program, Stephanie Oakland and her children – Briana, Caroline, Christian and Doug Jr. – served as honorary captains for the coin toss of the varsity football game.