Friday, September 23, 2016

Brookside High School Gets a New Scoreboard – Sept. 15, 1966

Just in time for Friday high school football, here's an article and accompanying photo that ran in the Lorain Journal on September 15, 1966. Although the new Brookside High School would not be open for another year, the school had just purchased a new scoreboard for their new athletic field. Here's the story.

Brookside Students Start Drive for Scoreboard

SHEFFIELD – Brookside High School students will canvas the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake area this weekend to raise money for the new scoreboard in the athletic field.
They will sell a six-pack of Pepsi-Cola starting Friday in an effort to raise money to pay for the new scoreboard.
THE STUDENTS last year decided it was time for a new scoreboard. The old board could only be operated manually by students placing the score and quarter signals on the board.
Persons in the stand did not know how much time was left in a given quarter or what the down or yardage situation was.
Last spring the students formed a backers club to promote Brookside High.
JAMES SALISBURY, high school principal, purchased a Scoremaster scoreboard from the M.D. Brown Co. in Niles, Michigan.
Salisbury contacted several beverage firms in an effort to raise money to pay for the new board.
The scoreboard was installed by the Brookside Athletic Booster Club. Cost of the scoreboard was $1,649 plus $252 for cable.
IF THE STUDENTS sell all of the Pepsi on hand, they will raise some $1,500. Donations toward the purchase of the board will also be accepted and can be sent to Salisbury at the high school office.
Salisbury said the new football field was used for the first time last Saturday. The parking lot is almost complete and the fence surrounding the field has been installed except for a few feet.
The press box was built and paid for by the Brookside Athletic Boosters, Salisbury noted.
The next home game is on Sept. 24 against Buckeye. It is the first Inland Conference game and will start at 2 p.m., he added.

The 1967 Brookside High School yearbook included a photo and small blurb about the new scoreboard.
Pretty nice of Pepsi to donate the pop for the students to sell. I may have to toast the company with a Pepsi Made With Real Sugar (my one addiction) tonight!

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