Purcell Marian High School announced on Thursday that the planned opening of its new sports complex in the fall of 2023 will be called Staubach Stadium in honor of 1960 graduate Roger Staubach.
The decorated Cavalier won a Heisman Trophy with the United States Naval Academy and was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys.
“We are delighted to have the support of Marianne and Roger Staubach in naming this stadium,” said Purcell Marian principal Andy Farfsking. “There isn’t a Cavalier today who doesn’t know who Roger Staubach is. His service to our country, his impact on our school as an alumnus, his success in business and of course his incredible career in football make it an obvious choice for Purcell Marian High School to honor one of the greatest alumni of all time.”
Staubach, a Cincinnati native, grew up in Silverton and was a standout athlete at the then all-boys Purcell High School. Surprisingly, he wasn’t always a quarterback. A teammate’s premature injury led Staubach to the starting quarterback position his junior year, where he remained throughout his career.
He graduated from Purcell in 1960 and went on to play quarterback at the US Naval Academy. As a junior he won the Heisman Trophy, and after graduating in 1964 he held 28 Naval Academy records.
After four years in the US Navy, including a tour of duty in Vietnam, Staubach joined the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969. He would play in Dallas for 11 seasons and lead the team to unprecedented success including 23 fourth. – comeback wins in the quarter, 14 in the last two minutes of a game or in overtime, four Super Bowl appearances and two Super Bowl victories: Super Bowl VI in 1972 and Super Bowl XII in 1978.
His honors include NFL Players Association Most Valuable Player and five-time Pro Bowl selection. He retired from professional football in 1979. With Staubach at center, the Cowboys were 90-31. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, his first year of eligibility. Purcell Marian inducted Staubach into his inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
“I never thought when I was a freshman at Purcell High School, that all these years later the new stadium would be named after me,” Staubach said from his home in Dallas. “My experience at Purcell has greatly marked my life. I’m honored to be part of a project that ensures future generations of Riders have the inspiration to achieve their dreams on and off the court.”
Staubach Stadium will be located at Woodburn Avenue and De Sales Lane and is a first for the school in its 94-year history. Athletes have trained and played home games at dozens of fields, stadiums and complexes around Greater Cincinnati since the school’s inception. The field, designed by MSA Architects, will host soccer and cheerleading, women’s softball, and men’s and women’s soccer.
“It’s the perfect time to be a Cavalier,” said Purcell Marian sporting director DJ Dowdy. “For the first time in our school’s existence, our sports teams and school community will have a true home. Staubach Stadium levels the playing field and allows us to elevate our sports programs. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to this project and made this possible for our students.”
To date, $5.3 million has been raised, including one Million dollar gift from Harry and Linda Fath for an overall project cost of $6 million. Construction is expected to begin in May.
This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Hall of Famer Roger Staubach’s name will be on Purcell Marian Stadium