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Old 03-18-2019, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Here's one source I read from Virginia. Here's another from Mississippi. Tens of thousands of dollars can be made in a single game. Throw in booster clubs and that can add up. Obviously not as large scale as CFB, but the expenses are much smaller too.

The stadium is a cost, but look at a school like Brookwood, it's largely been untouched for decades now. I'm sure the initial construction cost has been paid off. Other than that, all they've done is add more bathrooms and concessions stands. Plus the stadium has been used for other sports, not just for games, but also many use the stairs or track for training. Even the PE classes use the track. I don't know if they still allow it, but on weekends the public could come and use the track for exercise so there's a community benefit. We even had our graduation in the stadium (instead of the Arena like many others). Every square foot of that stadium complex was being used, I've never seen it so full before. The stadium was definitely built out for football, but it has more uses.


Brookwood's head coach also teaches social studies. I think it's always been that way. Though I thought I heard maybe the AD was a full time position, but it's not just football to worry about.
In most high schools (at least the larger districts) the AD is usually an assistant principal. As for Brookwood, I’ve always been underwhelmed by that stadium considering how successful the football program has been. The press box and home side restrooms used to be absolutely atrocious.
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Old 03-19-2019, 08:24 AM
 
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Priorities.
Exactly. I'm not saying that we should totally get rid of high school football. It's just unseemly to me that we're spending this amount of time and energy on one sport when we're not doing a great job providing a basic education for all of our students.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:38 AM
 
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Exactly. I'm not saying that we should totally get rid of high school football. It's just unseemly to me that we're spending this amount of time and energy on one sport when we're not doing a great job providing a basic education for all of our students.
That is a really good point.

Though, one possibly could also make the argument that the delivery of public education potentially might be even worse if it the popularity of the sport of football did not exist to attract the public's attention in the direction of the schools.

In this football-mad part of the country, many high schools (in larger districts) and smaller school systems use the popularity of their football programs to drive increased public attention to education in the form of increased government funding and increased investment, donations and sponsorships from private sources.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Macon, GA
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Priorities. We pay for what we value. I'm not too upset as these coaches work many hours and impact many young people positively. What is truly a shame is that other school staff who spend many hours and impact kids positively such as the band director, wrestling coach, debate coach, choir director, baseball coach, etc. receive a pittance of a few hundred to few thousand above their base pay for in my mind work of equal importance.
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Old 03-19-2019, 07:42 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL -> ATL
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In most high schools (at least the larger districts) the AD is usually an assistant principal. As for Brookwood, I’ve always been underwhelmed by that stadium considering how successful the football program has been. The press box and home side restrooms used to be absolutely atrocious.
Oh yea those home side restrooms are pretty bad and I don't think they ever really fixed them up. Actually maybe they did a little bit. After graduating I only went to one game with my family and that was over 4 years ago now.

Brookwood is just old enough to have a dated stadium (that always seemed dated to me). GCPS really seemed to consolidate the designs of schools built in the 90s and 2000s. Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek are practically carbon copies of one another, stadiums included. They also seem more modern than even Brookwood's 80s era buildings. Something evident in the newer additions of the school that came in the late 90s and mid 2000s.

None compare to Texas. One reason for that is that these ISDs build 1 to a few stadiums for multiple schools to share. Notable exception is the behemoth of Allen which is for one school.
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Old 03-20-2019, 06:34 AM
 
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I remember seeing an article several years ago in the early 2000's about Brookwood and Parkview's touchdown clubs raising 250k-500K a year. In fact, Brookwood built a new lounge with some of the funds. Back then, that was an anomaly. Now, the most successful High School football programs all have huge TD club budgets. Most families are required to "donate" or contribute over $500 a player.

Despite the obsession in GA with high school football. Nothing compares to Texas where they build $60-$70M stadiums that rival many college stadiums.

https://www.wideopencountry.com/reco...m-to-be-named/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_..._(Allen,_Texas)
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