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Syd Thrift Athletic Complex: An impressive beginning

On Friday, September 5, the long-anticipated opening kick-off (above) took place on the Bristow-Boxley Football Field at the new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School in Saluda. Above, Middlesex kicks off to Mathews to start the historic game. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Larry Chowning

The grand opening/ribbon cutting of the new Syd Thrift Athletic Complex at Middlesex High School (MHS) in Saluda attracted over 1,200 people to the new facility Friday evening.

To add to the festivities, the MHS football team won the first game played at the complex, 21-14 over Mathews.

MHS principal Jeannie Duke told the audience the complex is a “dream come true and will positively impact students for generations to come at the school.” Duke recalled that when she was a student at MHS in the 1980s she played on the old dilapidated softball field, and how thankful and proud she is of the people who have worked so hard to raise funds to help make the athletic complex a reality.

School superintendent Dr. Thomas Taylor thanked Dolly Thrift, Syd’s wife, and her family for the support and help that came from having Syd Thrift’s name attached to the facility.

Dr. Taylor also thanked members of the Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools who “would not quit until the job was done. They never stopped believing that it could be done and would be done.”

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posted 09.10.2014

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