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School Board Votes to Name Football Field After Longtime Coach Jack Start

(Date Posted 6/27/2018)

During the June 26 school board meeting the Shelton School Board of Directors voted unanimously to name the football field at Highclimber Stadium after longtime football Coach Jack Stark.

Jack Stark began his 25-year coaching career for Shelton in 1969.  Before retiring, after the 1993 football season, the Shelton Highclimbers claimed two state championships, as well as numerous state playoff appearances and league championship wins. His philosophy on and off the field was that his programmed be judged by the type of student-athlete produced rather than a win/loss record.  He wanted to help students strive to be better people.

Coach Stark touched the lives of countless football players through the years with at least 69 players continuing their football careers in college.  In March of 2016 Coach Stark accepted the Golden Football on behalf of Shelton High School as the NFL marked their 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl.  To celebrate this NFL milestone Super Bowl players were given a Golden Football to present to their high school. Raul Allegre, an exchange student in Shelton from 1978-79, played football for the first time under the direction of Coach Jack Stark.  Raul continued playing football in college with a scholarship, which led to a career in the NFL and eventually to the 1986 Super Bowl XXI champion New York Giants.

A celebration of Coach Stark will take place later this year during a home football game.

Coach of the Year

1970-74, 1985, 1991

Co-Coach of the Year


Black Hills League Champions

1970-74, 1985, 1987, 1991

State Playoff Participants

1973-74, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991

State Champions

1974, 1985

Jack Stark holding a football

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