By Nick Sestanovich
As Benicia High School’s stadium of yesteryear fades into the soil to make room for a new stadium— scheduled to be completed in Spring 2017— many changes to the Drolette Stadium will be instated. These include a new all-weather track, upgraded lighting, new bleachers and so on. One of these new features is a redesigned red brick entryway emblazoned with the names of Benicia High students and community figures past and present.
Benicia High recently announced its Memory Brick Project, in which alumni, current students, future students, family, community members and businesses to purchase bricks to have their names or the names of loved ones engraved on them which would then be placed along the entryway to the renovated stadium. Memorial brick walkways are commonly used by institutions. Local examples can be seen outside the Benicia Public Library and the Benicia Community Center, located at the former site of Mills Elementary School.
Carrie Smith, a Benicia Parent teacher Student Association member and project chair, said the idea came from Benicia High Principal Brianna Kleinschmidt, who brought it up at one of the PTSA meetings as way to raise funds for the school.