Pflugerville - Hutto Edition | May 2021

G. West, a former Hutto High School student and football player who was killed in Operation Desert Storm. Plaques honoring each branch of the military are displayed on a wall inside the stadium. A chair on the front row of the stands designated for prison- ers of war or those missing in action always stays empty and serves as a Memorial as well, Robison says. “It’s not Memorial Stadium just in name; it’s a memorial stadium in terms of things within the facility itself,” he said. Another feature will be the addi- tion of a spirit shop on the home side. Hours have not yet been set, but the shop will be open Friday on game nights and during the week to pur- chase Hutto Hippo apparel. Hippo pride is incorporated in the stadium’s design. Robison said Aus- tin-based VLK Architects did a good job ensuring the stadium has “the Hutto look,” such as a silo appearance. “We kind of identify with being unique, and so we want our new sta- dium to have some uniqueness to it as well,” he said.

could help out, Kay said. Hutto resident Felix Torres said he would have to arrive at football games an hour early to make sure he got a good seat and parking spot. “The community loves their Hippos so much that everybody, whether you have a child or not, they’re at the eld on Friday night,” he said. While Torres served as the assis- tant coach to his son’s Hutto YMCA football team, he would go to Hutto Memorial Stadium for events, such as Meet the Hippo, and would walk the track with his son. Now, his son is on Hutto High School’s varsity football team and played his rst game as a starter on the eld. “Watching him grow from a child, loving a game and playing it on that eld, and watching that eld grow with him is pretty cool,” Torres said. Hippo pride Going forward the district is consid- ering making the Freedom Game the closest home game to Veteran’s Day, Robison said. The stadium was renamed Hutto Memorial Stadium ve years ago because of its memorials to veterans and rst responders, Robison said. The eld house is named after Kyle

UIL GUIDELINES

Year Hutto HS reached UIL ranking

Conference Enrollment 6A* 2,200 +

2021

5A 4A 3A 2A 1A

1,230-2,219

2014

The University Interscholastic League sets conference classications on public school competitions depending on enrollment. Here is a timeline of Hutto High School moving from 3A to 6A.

515-1,229

2008

230-514

1998

105-229

N/A

104 and below N/A

*HUTTO HIGH SCHOOL IS CURRENTLY 6A

SOURCE: UNIVERSITY INTERSCHOLASTIC LEAGUECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Brad LaPlante said during games sta would have to temporarily extend a chain blocking the path because spec- tators would get in the team’s way as the players were heading to the eld. LaPlante said parents would often also have to stand outside the bleach- ers because there was not enough seating for them. “Our parents are probably more excited than the kids,” he said. “Now we’ll have more reserved seating.” Standing roomonly With a good football team and an increasing number of band members,

more people are coming to games to support the students; however, there has not been enough seating for them, Hutto resident Linda Kay said. All three of Kay’s children played in the band, and she served as the Hutto High School Band Booster president. The seating situation got to the point where the band, at about 260 students, was moved to temporary seating on the track so more people could sit in the stands, she said. The number of extra people allowed on the eld was limited due to athletic department and UIL guidelines, so it impacted the amount of parents who

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