High school home of Yates Field
Ceremony makes new name of football field official
(Enlarge) Edmonia Yates, widow of former football coach Joseph Yates, stands beside the sign used Sept. 12 to officially name the field at Parkville High School. Eventually, the school will install Yatesâ€™ name on the scoreboard. (Photo by Brendan Cavanaugh)
The first black head football coach at a Baltimore County public high school was honored Sept. 12 when his name was attached to the Parkville High School field where he made his mark.
The name Yates Field, in honor of Joseph Yates, who coached football and track at the school from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, was made official in a ceremony, about a half hour before the school’s first home football game.
Yates died about 10 years ago, but his wife, Edmonia Yates, a former principal of Forest Park High School, a former deputy superintendent for Baltimore City Public Schools and a former adjunct professor at Morgan State University, attended the ceremony and football game.
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