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Blakeview: Tad Gormley Stadium

The City Park stadium opened in 1937



The prep football season is in full swing around town, which got us to thinking about some of the names on local stadiums. They are named for gridiron greats, but most of the young athletes who play there probably know very little about their namesakes. The most prominent one is Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. Opened in 1937 as City Park Stadium, in 1965 it was renamed for Francis Thomas "Tad" Gormley, the park's longtime athletic director. Harold "Hoss" Memtsas Stadium in Harvey bears the name of the legendary former coach at West Jefferson High School. In 2016, the playing field was named in honor of Ray Latoof, an assistant coach who guided the team to the state championship after Memtsas' sudden death in 1970. Joe Yenni Stadium at East Jefferson High School is named after the former Jefferson Parish President and Kenner mayor, who was also a coach at E.J. and earlier in his career led the Kenner High School football team to a state championship. The namesake of a Kenner stadium, Anthony J. "Muss" Bertolino, entered Kenner politics in the 1960s as an alderman and later City Council president. A playground and stadium were named for him after his death in 1975. In Chalmette, Bobby Nuss Stadium is named after the former head coach at Chalmette High School, who led the Owls to the football playoffs in 1967 and 1968.

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