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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | February 25, 2012
With balloons, marching bands and cheerleaders, Saturday's celebration at John Burroughs High School's Memorial Field in Burbank might have been mistaken for a homecoming game. But the celebration was for something much more important - the long-awaited dedication of the rebuilt athletic facility, a $12.2 million project that had been in planning stages for at least a decade. The new Memorial Field includes a football field, bleachers, lighting and a rubberized track and will be shared by Burbank and Bellarmine-Jefferson high schools for home football games.
THE818NOW
January 20, 2012
As a $12.2 million makeover of Memorial Field at John Burroughs High School nears completion, city leaders and school board members continue debating the possibility of replacing six camphor trees on one end of the field - a move that would cost the district about $21,000. Earlier this month, Burbank Unified School District officials warned that berries from the trees would stain the stadium's artificial-turf surface and the track. Though the stains would not harm the structure, the discoloration would not be covered by any warranty, and district officials said there is little money to spend on extra maintenance.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | May 25, 2012
It was impossible to tell which was shining more brightly at the Burroughs High School commencement ceremony on Thursday - the faces of the graduates or the newly renovated Memorial Field. “It feels awesome,” said Michael Lima as he lined up with his classmates to accept his diploma. “It feels like I have accomplished something. I worked hard for 13 years and this is where I stand today.” The Burroughs High School class of 2012, more than 600 students strong, was the first to celebrate graduation at the recently remodeled Memorial Field, and not without a bit of a fight.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | January 10, 2012
A year after breaking ground on a $12-million overhaul of Memorial Field, Burbank Unified is preparing to dedicate the athletic facility. District officials have issued an open invitation for the Feb. 25 ribbon-cutting ceremony at Burroughs High School, while also continuing to solicit donations for the ongoing maintenance of the field. Community members who wish to have their name inscribed on one of five donor walls at the site in time for the event must contribute at least $500 by Jan. 30, officials said.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully | November 29, 2008
MEMORIAL FIELD — The Burbank High football team was trying to notch its second straight stunning postseason victory in as many weeks. For more than three quarters Friday, it looked as if the Bulldogs were well on their way to accomplishing that monumental feat. However, turnovers and penalties finally caught up to Burbank in the fourth quarter, as West Covina scored 28 unanswered points late in the game to earn a 49-28 CIF Southern Section Southeast Division quarterfinal win at Memorial Field.
SPORTS
By Kristopher Wayne | December 3, 2008
MEMORIAL FIELD — Fresh off its first CIF Southern Section playoff win since 1954, the Bellermine-Jefferson football team was looking to make a little more history against Linfield Christian. However, the Bell-Jeff offense couldn’t find its rhythm Saturday in a Northeast Division quarterfinal game. Luckily for the Guards, their defense kept them in the game early, but it found itself on the field for long stretches of the second half, as the Lions ended Bell-Jeff’s season with a 26-0 victory at Memorial Field.
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By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 4, 2011
A $12.7-million renovation of Memorial Field has ignited a debate about where John Burroughs High School will host its May graduation, with administrators arguing that the facility needs to be protected and students calling for a return to the traditional commencement site. “I definitely want to graduate at Memorial Field,” said senior Austin Ross, 17. “My mother graduated on it, my brother graduated on it and my sister graduated on it. I just feel like it has been a tradition for years at Burroughs.” The high school hosted graduation at its field for decades before a much anticipated overhaul - kicked off in January following years of planning and fundraising - forced officials to move it to the Starlight Bowl last year.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully | June 2, 2010
BURBANK — Burroughs High football Coach Keith Knoop realized his team would have to make do without a home field for the 2010 season. The coach was told the renovation project to construct a new stadium, running track and football field on the school's Memorial Field site would begin the first week of June. With his team being displaced for a project that would last past the 2010 campaign, Knoop and the Burroughs administrators had to schedule all the Indians' 10 home games on the road.
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BY JEFF TULLY, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 25, 2012
BURBANK — They spent countless hours and large portions of their high school years competing and practicing on the football field and running track at Memorial Field. Many players and coaches from Burroughs High and Burbank have fond memories of toiling on the sometimes muddy, often barren and uneven football venue or trying to deal with outdated track and field facilities and an outdated dirt running surface. But that was the old Memorial Field. Some of those same coaches and players got a chance to view the new state-of-the-art Memorial Field that was unveiled Saturday in a dedication ceremony of the facility on the campus of Burroughs High.
SPORTS
By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Leader | September 28, 2013
BURBANK - It has been a challenging season so far for the Bellarmine-Jefferson High football program, as the Guards continue to struggle with a low turnout of players and a general lack of experience. It began with three canceled games, with one going down as a forfeit, and then, after finally taking the field, a stumble resulting in lopsided defeat against a high-ranking inter-division opponent that was called in the middle of the fourth quarter by first-year coach Lance Fauria. However, in their home opener Saturday night at Memorial Field, the Guards had an opportunity for the first time to get their feet solidly on the ground, taking on an opponent in Campbell Hall that had also lost games to forfeit and cancellation this season.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 21, 2014
To recoup the costs of the graduation ceremonies at Burbank and Burroughs high schools, officials will now charge $10 per graduation ticket, beyond the handful of free tickets that seniors receive each year. "We've had some years of cuts so the principals are looking at the growing costs of graduation," said Emilio Urioste, director of secondary education of Burbank Unified. The extra tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Burroughs seniors will continue to get five free tickets, while Burbank seniors will get four.
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SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | February 3, 2014
BURBANK - In recent years, the matchup between the Crescenta Valley High and Burroughs boys' soccer teams seems to bring out the best in both squads. It was no different Monday, as the Falcons and Indians faced one another for the second time this season. It was a spirited battle throughout, with both teams enjoying their share of scoring chances over the course of the first 75 minutes. But despite the opportunities, neither squad could put the ball in the back of the net. That changed, however, in the 76th minute when Burroughs' Brandon Gerlach scored a goal to break a scoreless deadlock.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 15, 2013
BURBANK - At times appearing utterly unstoppable, the Burbank High football team paved its way to the program's first postseason victory since 2009 on the back of a high-flying offense. The host Bulldogs totaled 630 yards of offense, 34 first downs and seven touchdown in stampeding visiting Mayfair, 49-14, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs at Memorial Field on Friday evening. With the victory, Burbank, the city's lone playoff survivor, earned a date into the second round versus upstart Del Rio League third-place finisher Santa Fe at Pioneer High in Whittier on Nov. 22. The Chiefs (7-4)
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | November 5, 2013
The big football game Friday night between crosstown rivals Burbank and Burroughs high schools has an exciting new element this year with the newly formed Burbank-Burroughs Alumni Assn. Graduates from both schools will watch the game together, one of many social events planned by organizers. Founders have recruited 850 members on Facebook and recently held an inaugural party at D'Argenzio's Wine Tasting Room in Burbank, owned by Richard D'Argenzio, a Burroughs grad, and his wife, Kathy “Rhoads” D'Argenzio, a Burbank High grad.
SPORTS
By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | November 4, 2013
BURBANK VS. BURROUGHS WHEN : 7 p.m. Friday WHERE : Memorial Field (Burroughs High). RECORDS : The Bulldogs are 7-2, 4-2 in the Pacific League; the Indians are 6-3, 5-1. LAST WEEK : Burbank defeated Hoover, 49-0; Burroughs defeated Arcadia, 37-14. LAST YEAR : The Bulldogs defeated the Indians, 37-14. OUTLOOK : There is plenty at stake and several interesting story lines involved in this year's 65th rendition of the Big Game cross-town rivalry.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | October 18, 2013
BURBANK - There was a sense of urgency for the Burbank High football team heading into Friday's Pacific League showdown with Muir. PHOTOS: Burbank vs. Muir football With a heartbreaking overtime loss to Crescenta Valley last week in league action, the Bulldogs knew they couldn't afford another loss if they hoped to stay in contention for the league championship. Quite simply, a team with two losses likely isn't going to claim the league crown. In fact, since Burbank joined the league in 2006, no team has won a title with more than one loss.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | October 14, 2013
BURROUGHS VS. HOOVER WHEN : 7 p.m. Thursday WHERE: Memorial Field (Burroughs High) RECORDS : The Indians are 3-3, 2-1 in the Pacific League; the Tornadoes are 2-4; 0-3 LAST WEEK : Burroughs lost to Muir, 42-7; Hoover lost to Pasadena, 33-13 OUTLOOK : The Indians ran into a quality Muir team last week in absorbing their only Pacific League loss of the season. The lone touchdown Burroughs was able to account for was a scoring pass from quarterback Andrew Williams to wide receiver Conor Joyce . Things should get a little easier for the Indians against a Hoover squad that has struggled in league.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 4, 2013
BURBANK - It appears that the remedy to one of the worst first halves of play for the Burroughs High football team was perhaps the team's best two-quarter action of the season Friday night in Pacific League play versus visiting Crescenta Valley High. The Indians recovered from a 17-point deficit fueled by two turnovers in scoring the game's final 24 points en route to an improbable and unforgettable 24-17 win over the Falcons at Memorial Field. PHOTOS: Burroughs vs. Crescenta Valley football “Hey, we were the underdog.
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