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John Marshall breaks ground on stadium

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Staff Writer Published: February 23, 2011

John Marshall High School broke ground last week on what will become the school's new football stadium and track, athletic director Bruce Troxell said.

With funds donated by John Marshall alum Bob West, the school has begun work on a five-year plan to build the stadium on the land located south of the school.

The track will be ready for use as early as late April, Troxell said, and he hopes the football team will be able to play in the new stadium for the 2012 season.

"Bob West wants to see this school flourish," Troxell said. "It's getting exciting, because when Bob West does something, he does it first class. He wants to see academic progression at John Marshall, and this all stems from that."

Among the projects in the first stage of the plan is the track, a football practice field, an underground watering system and drainage system.

"We hope to play football there for 2012, and in five years, it'll be a completely finished product," Troxell said.