Yuma High School to Rename Football Stadium After Hall of Famer Curley Culp

The Yuma Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the name change at Wednesday’s board meeting – 13 Reporting by Luis Lopez of On Your Side

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) — A local soccer legend will now be immortalized forever at Yuma High School.

The Yuma Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the school’s football stadium “Curley Culp Memorial Stadium”.

Culp graduated from Yuma High in 1964, before playing for Arizona State.

After his stint as the Sun Devil, Culp played in the NFL for 14 years with four different teams, including seven with the Kansas City Chiefs, with whom he won Super Bowl III.

The move comes after the Yuma High School Hall of Fame Committee requested that the name change be made.

Committee member Tim Painter was a personal friend of Culp’s and was happy to try change for the former player’s family.

“He is a kind, humble and happy man, we miss him very much, I consider him a very close friend, and we are just happy that his family can see his name on the stadium of Yuma High School. .

YUHSD board member Phil Townsend remembers Culp as someone who never forgot where he came from.

“He always remembered Yuma, came back to Yuma, and it’s only fitting that we named the Yuma High School football field after such an icon,” Townsend said.

The Yuma High School Hall of Fame Committee is currently trying to raise funds so that a sign can be put up in the stadium with his new name.

They will spend the next few months trying to secure funding for the sign, saying their goal is to have it installed before the next Hall of Fame ceremony in October.

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