No matter the occasion, Kearny High School’s field is the key place for faculty and students as well as a community who’s diversity continues the community’s and school’s search for its identity.
Every year Kearny High School (KHS) of New Jersey graduates 450+ students in a ceremony that takes close to two hours to complete. This ceremony commemorates 4 years of academic excellence and achievement.
The football/track complex behind the high school is the best place to accommodate such and event not only based on the sheer number of people to be there, but also it fortifies and reminds the spectators and students of the hard work and great things which occur at KHS.
This field is an impresive display, sporting 6 lanes, red clay, 400 meter track around the edges of the turf. Since the school is built uphill from the stadium, giant white concrete bleachers mightily stretch across the one side of the field connecting the school to the track. These “Stadium steps” as locals call them, are snugly fit in between two field houses which provide shelter to the football, track and soccer teams which use them. This all is surrounded by a black, vertical barred fence with red brick pillars every 15 feet apart. At the bottom of the hill is a matching red brick retaining wall, on which the entire structure is built and supported.
The field itself is a giant green patch with white football markings and yellow soccer dimensions all carved out over the field. In the middle of the soccer circle, there is a Cardinal, which is the mascot of the school. “It was constructed by the very people who put in the turf at Giant’s Stadium,” KHS Athletic Director John Millar boasted for years after it was renovated.
The view from the top of the bleachers is vastly diverse to say the least. If you sat at the top of the stadium or gazed upon the scenery from a classroom or the atrium of the high school, your jaw would drop from the breathtaking view it supplied. Aside from the field and all its amenities, there are a few buildings surrounding the school which add a local flavor to the scene. From right to left there is a small bodega on the corner where most students grab a lunch or something quick to eat on a daily basis. Across from that, there is a tan, brick apartment building, where its tenants can be seen entering and exiting, going about their business. The tops of trees reaching over from Davis Avenue, tell everyone what time of the year it is with their foliage.
The backdrop of the entire picture described above, entails a beautiful New York City skyline which looms and demands to be noticed by everyone. Normally above that are blue skies with planes passing by every 5 to 10 minutes.
From the day to day grind endured by the football, track, and soccer teams, to the International Festival which takes place every June, the field is a good representation of the cultural diversity and hard work and dedication our community fosters. There is a sort of magic in the air, a fortifying essence which surrounds this place and makes the people of the town of Kearny proud of their place in the world. When late June rolls around, and graduation is set to take place, everyone hopes for sunshine so that their graduation ceremony will be able to be held on this grand place.