Taft High School defeated Brooks Prep
In its first-ever nighttime home football game, Taft High School defeated Brooks Prep High School 55-6 on Sept. 6. A crowd of about 2,000 attended the game, which was held on Taft’s new multi-purpose sports field at the school’s varsity campus, 6530 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Leonard Wislow, a 1966 Taft graduate, sponsored the temporary lights which were used for the game. The school’s athletic training room is named after Wislow due to his past donations, and it was recently announced that he plans to donate a grand piano to the Taft Freshman Academy, 4071 N. Oak Park Ave.
Taft plans to play its final three home games at the new field, but due to the high cost of the lights, the games will be played before sunset, either on a Friday or Saturday. Each game will include the "Hero Coin Toss," honoring first responders, military and teachers.
Also at the game, Super Bowl champion and Rose Bowl MVP Jim Grabowski, a 1962 Taft graduate, was among those participating in the game’s ceremonies.
Photo by William Swanson)