MCHS students, staff and board members gather to cut ribbon for new turf field at McCracken

When the new football season kicked off, so did McHenry Community High School's new multipurpose synthetic turf field.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony preceded the start of the Aug. 26 varsity football game at the newly renovated McCracken Field.

Patti McCracken Vickery, Class of 1959 alum and daughter of Leonard "Mac" McCracken -- for whom the field is named -- joined MCHS student-athletes, staff and school board members at the event. McCracken was a longtime coach and athletic director for McHenry High School.

The turf field is part of a three-year improvement project that also includes new lighting, a new scoreboard, paving and fencing, a new running track and more. The new turf field will allow for expanding the number of MCHS athletic and feeder programs that can use the new surface for practice and competitions. 

Student-athletes and coaches from football, soccer, lacrosse, marching band, track and field and Jr. Warriors football joined the celebration at the renovated McCracken. 

The multiyear project to renovate the athletic facility started soon after voters approved a $44 million bond referendum to refurbish district facilities and build the Center for Science, Industry and Technology.