The Boneyard turns 50: A look at its past
By: Lauren Turner | Published: October 30, 2019
This year the Boneyard is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Over the years, it’s certainly experienced changes, but the Wildcats have always played hard on our home field. The Boneyard is a focal point for the Lake Highlands community and always has been, so to pay tribute to our stadium, we took a look at the past.
“The fourth game of the 1969 season [was the first game] that Wildcat fans were able to watch their football team, the Wildcat band, Highlandettes, cheerleaders and Bell Boys perform in their first game at Wildcat Stadium,” Dr. Bob Iden, a Lake Highlands alumni, former teacher, coach, and principal, said. “On Oct. 10, 1969, the Wildcats played their inaugural varsity football game at Wildcat Stadium, establishing the LHHS home field winning tradition with an exciting 28-24 come-from-behind victory over the Denton Broncos.”
Many students and staff have witnessed the changes that have taken place over the years to our beloved Boneyard, and since so many community members are involved in the school, so has the rest of the Lake Highlands area. The Boneyard isn’t only home turf for the football team, it also is used by the band, Highlandettes, cheerleaders, color guard, soccer, and Bell Boys.
“As Wildcat Stadium was nearing completion in 1969, members of the Wildcat football team spent one afternoon during their spring training actually laying the coastal Bermuda turf that was to be the Wildcat Stadium playing surface for the next 33 years,” Dr. Iden said.
However, the turf is actually a feature that’s relatively new to the Boneyard.
“My freshman year of high school was the first year an artificial playing surface was installed. The last game I remember playing with real grass in the Boneyard was in eighth grade against LHJH, I went to Forest Meadow. We got killed,” Brody Lyons, another Lake Highlands alumni and current teacher, said.
Aside from the turf, other expansions have also been made in the past.
“The other major difference is the press box. I’m pretty sure the new one was built around the time I was in college,” Lyons said. “It was pretty small and awkward looking in the old stadium… the new one is much nicer.”
Whatever the future holds for the Boneyard, the community of Lake Highlands can be expected to continue to honor it and its teams well. It has been a staple in the community for so long, and will continue to be a place of tradition and fun among students, staff, family, and alumni.