On Saturday, November 7, under blue skies, a crowd of current field hockey players, parents, and alumni turned out for a festive ribbon cutting to celebrate a state-of-the-art field for the EHS field hockey program.
Improvements to the outdoor athletic facilities at Episcopal High School are part of the Campus Master plan developed in 2016. This same plan led to the construction of the Hildebrand Athletic Center and Underwood Student Center, and includes remaining items such as a new softball field, improvements to the Simmons Field, a new Visual and Performing Arts Complex, and a new Chapel. The school always wanted a turf field on Bissonnet because that area of campus drains poorly. The rise in popularity of field hockey plus the specialization of sport-specific turfs became intriguing to EHS, especially when the school realized it had the square footage available to build an internationally certified water-based field.
"As interested donors came forward for this component of the Master Plan, the Field Hockey efforts began in earnest in the spring of 2018 with fundraising occurring in 2019-2020" says Peggy Haney, Director of Advancement. Episcopal High School's field is one of only 10 fields of its kind in the country and the only one in the region. FIH (International Hockey Federation) and USA Field Hockey are excited about our school's investment to grow the sport in this region and to invest in the best facilities to prepare athletes for competition at the next level. Parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and alumni have contributed financially to make this project a success. Go Knights!