Prep Sports

Pioneer High dedicates stadium

WHITTIER — The Whittier Union High School District will unveil its new 7,000-seat football stadium at Pioneer High School during a grand opening ceremony May 28.

The facility will be dedicated as the Dick Torres Memorial Stadium in honor of Richard (Dick) Torres, who died in 2010 after serving more than 30 years as an educational leader and inspiration to students in the district. A plaque in his honor will be unveiled.

The $17.5 million facility boasts a synthetic football field, a nine-lane, multi-colored synthetic track, scoreboard and goal posts, press box and locker and weight rooms.

Funded through the $75 million Measure W facilities bond passed by local voters, the stadium will serve as the home football stadium for Pioneer and Santa Fe high schools as well as the soccer and track and field facility for Pioneer High.

Torres began his career in 1969 as a teacher at Santa Fe. He later served as Pioneer’s assistant principal of business and activities.

He retired in 1991, but continued to substitute as a teacher and administrator at every district school until his passing in 2010.