Sat 29 October 2016 | -- (permalink)
Friday night at Auburn Memorial Stadium, (also known historically as Troy Field), the Auburn High School Trojans football team faced their cross-town rivals, Auburn Riverside, in their annual showdown. This night in particular though, something a bit different occurred. One of the Auburn High School cheerleaders was run over by the onrushing Auburn Trojan football players as they exited their locker room and ran onto the field. She suffered a bruised jaw. The incident was caught on video not only by football fans, but also by a local television station, KIRO News, which had selected this contest as the "Game of the Week." Being that this is the 21st Century, videos of the team running over the cheerleader were shown on television, and posted on the KIRO website, but were also posted on YouTube and other video sites around the world.
As the world now looks at Auburn through the lens of videos posted on YouTube and other internet outlets, it is important to look at Auburn High School historically. The school dates back to 1903, though the current physical school building dates back only to 1950. Significant alumni include:Christine Gregoire--Current Governor of the State of WashingtonBlair Rasmussen--National Basketball Association star for the Denver Nuggets Greg "Mutt" Haugen--Former Boxing Lightweight ChampionLt. Colonel Francis R. (Dick) Scobee--NASA Astronaut and Commander of the Space Shuttle Challenger
Auburn has a rich history, as partly evidenced by the wide range of accomplishments of these four alumni. And the history keeps on rolling, with recent graduates in the Texas Rangers baseball organization and on the Stanford University football team. Oh, and by the way: The Auburn Trojans football team won that game with a score of 37 to 6.