Kansas City, Sept. 26, 2017: The Northeast High School Vikings will host their first Homecoming parade and game at the new Northeast Community Sports Complex on Saturday, Sept. 30. This event will include a ceremony dedicating one of the new athletic fields to fallen Kansas City Fire Department firefighters Larry Leggio, John Mesh and Luther Hurd; a second field will be dedicated to the old Thacher Elementary School.
The Homecoming starts with a parade at 9:00 a.m. at Independence Avenue and Myrtle Avenue, and will head east on Independence to Chelsea Avenue before turning north towards the high school; the dedication ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m., and kickoff is 1:00 p.m. for the game versus Southeast High School.
The athletic complex is the result of an approximately $2 million improvement project that started in the fall of 2015. The project included new football, soccer and multi-purpose facilities spread across land on the high school and Northeast Middle School campuses. It was made possible thanks to an investment by Kansas City Public Schools, plus a $200,000 National Football League Grassroots Program grant through the Greater Kansas City LISC, and a $25,000 ESPN Amenities Grant.
The soccer field will be known as the “Firefighters Memorial Field,” in honor of Leggio (NEHS Class of 1990), Mesh (NEHS alumni family member) and Hurd (Class of 1975). Leggio and Mesh died in the line of duty in 2015 while battling a blaze at Independence Avenue and Prospect Avenue; Hurd died in the line of duty in 1988.
The Northeast High School football field will be named after Charles B. Reynolds, who served as the school’s first principal from 1913 to 1921. The multi-purpose site on the middle school campus will be named “Thacher Field,” after the elementary school that was open at that location from 1900 to 2009.