Shelton Football Field Now Jack Stark Field

During the June 26th school board meeting the Shelton School Board of Directors voted unanimously to name the football field at Highclimber Stadium after longtime football Coach Jack Stark.

Jack Stark began his 25-year coaching career for Shelton in 1969.  Before retiring, after the 1993 football season, the Shelton Highclimbers claimed two state championships, as well as numerous state playoff appearances and league championship wins. His philosophy on and off the field was that his programmed be judged by the type of student-athlete produced rather than a win/loss record.  He wanted to help students strive to be better people.

Coach Stark touched the lives of countless football players through the years with at least 69 players continuing their football careers in college.  In March of 2016 Coach Stark accepted the Golden Football on behalf of Shelton High School as the NFL marked their 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.  To celebrate this NFL milestone Super Bowl players were given a Golden Football to present to their high school. Raul Allegre, an exchange student in Shelton from 1978-79, played football for the first time under the direction of Coach Jack Stark.  Raul continued playing football in college with a scholarship, which led to a career in the NFL and eventually to the 1986 Super Bowl XXI champion New York Giants.

Coach of the Year
1970-74, 1985, 1991
Co-Coach of the Year
Black Hills League Champions
1970-74, 1985, 1987, 1991
State Playoff Participants
1973-74, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991
State Champions
1974, 1985

“Completely overwhelmed,” was Coach Stark’s reaction when MasonWebTV Powered by HCC phoned. “So many people who were involved in all the things we did over the years. It’s just hard to understand how they could select just one person….but I’m truly honored that’s for sure. What a great, great privilege and honor.”

The concept of naming of the field after Coach Stark was kicked off three years ago by retired reporter Jeff Green. Green told MasonWebTV Powered by HCC he was pleased with the School Board’s unanimous action.

“It’s terrific and long over due,” Green said in a phone interview thanking the school board. He also explained it was a team effort with several people helping – specifically naming Kristy Buck. “I like to say we got the ball down to the five-yard line and Kristy pushed it over the goal line.”

Green also praised the School District for creating the naming process since at the time he introduced the idea, they didn’t have a policy. “It just had never been thought of before. It was a whole new concept,” Green said.

A celebration of Coach Stark will take place later this year during a home football game.

MasonWebTV Powered by HCC broadcast all Highclimber football games (home and away). The 2018 football season will kick off August 31st with the Mason County Cup. This game between Shelton and North Mason will be played at Highclimber Stadium’s Jack Stark Field.

Green and his group are working on signage for the field which will be creating it with donated money.