ARCHIVE OF GGHS STADIUM INFORMATION
In 1958, a stadium was built at Garden Grove High School with a six-lane dirt track and mix of wood and aluminum bleachers. While a name had not been officially set for the stadium, Garden Grove High School Argonauts and Fans call the venue “Jason Field”.
PLANS FOR A NEW STADIUM
In 2015, a meeting composed of representatives from the City of Garden Grove, Garden Grove Unified School District, Garden Grove High School, and Garden Grove High School Alumni Association met regarding a proposal to name the Football Stadium after hero Michael A. Monsoor, a 1999 GGHS graduate and posthumous Medal of Honor recipient.
Along with the renaming, plans were being developed and formalized for a new Garden Grove High School stadium beginning in Fall 2017.
STADIUM PHASE 1 (2016): PRESENTATION
TUE MARCH 1: GGUSD PUBLIC HEARING
The GGUSD’s Governing Board held a “Public Hearing” on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 7PM at GGUSD Office to determine if it is in the best interest of the District to rename the current stadium to Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium at the GGHS site.
THU MARCH 3: GGUSD PRESS RELEASE
Garden Grove Unified School District released a “Press Release” on Thursday March 3, 2016 to the community regarding “New Stadium at Garden Grove High School Being Named in Honor of Michael A. Monsoor, 1999 Graduate and Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient”.
TUE MARCH 15: GGHS ARCHITECTURAL PLAN PRESENTATION
Garden Grove Unified School District and Garden Grove High School revealed plans to dedicate the facility in memory of the late U.S. Navy SEAL to the Monsoor family on Tuesday March 15, 2016 at 5PM at Garden Grove High School.
“As proposed, Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium will be a 3,500-seat athletic facility boasting such state-of-the-art amenities as a nine-lane synthetic track, natural turf field, energy-efficient lighting, LED scoreboard, and well-appointed press box. Other features consist of a new concession stand, new visitor and home restrooms and ticket booths, and storage area.”
* Stadium information courtesy of Garden Grove Unified School District’s Press Release to Garden Grove High School Alumni Association.
STADIUM PHASE 2 (2017): CONSTRUCTION
“Construction started in Winter 2017 with completion projected for Fall 2017. It will replace the current stadium at Garden Grove High School built in 1958 with its six-lane dirt track and mix of wood and aluminum.”
STADIUM PHASE 3 (2017): DEDICATION
The Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education hosted a Dedication Ceremony of the new Michael A. Monsoor Memorial Stadium on Friday September 8, 2017 at 6PM at Garden Grove High School.
The event kicked off the high school football season, showcased the new state-of-the-art stadium to the community, and honored the life and memory of Petty Officer Second Class (SEAL) Michael A. Monsoor, a 1999 Garden Grove High School graduate and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
The dedication ceremony honored Monsoor’s military service with former Navy SEALs from the Patriot Parachute Team skydiving onto the field, a military flyover, and presentation of the U.S. flag by crew member of the guided missile destroyer USS Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001).
The keynote speaker at the stadium dedication was Jason Booher, the founder and first commander of the Navy SEAL unit in Ramadi, Iraq, where Monsoor gave his life. Booher spoke to the impact of Monsoor’s heroic actions and his legacy in the SEAL community. A small gift was presented by Garden Grove Unified School District high school athletes to the Monsoor family.
The state-of-the-art stadium features 4,000 seats, synthetic turf field, a nine-lane synthetic track, energy-efficient lighting, LED scoreboard, well-appointed press box, new restrooms, ticket booths, and a concession stand that honors Michael A. Monsoor with a plaque describing his heroic actions. The stadium was made possible in part by Measure P, the district’s $311 million bond measure which received 76.4% approval from voters in November.
OTHER MICHAEL A. MONSOOR INFORMATION
9/8/17 – CBS Local
9/8/17 – OC Register
9/7/17 – OC Register
8/28/17 – OC Tribune
3/30/16 – GGHS Argolog
3/15/16 – OC Register
3/15/16 – CBS Local
3/11/16 – GGHS Argolog