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The field of his dreams

The education field is a selfless one. Teachers dedicate their knowledge and talents to students daily. At the beginning of their career it would be hard for any educator to imagine being honored for anything. After 25 years of service former Jordan-Elbridge athletic director, John Howes was bestowed with the honor of having the Jordan-Elbridge High School athletic stadium named after him at the fall team pep rally at Jordan-Elbridge.

Howes began his career in the Jordan-Elbridge school district in 1969. Over the years Howes contributed to the school in many ways. He was a social studies teacher and a varsity football and wrestling coach.

Shortly after beginning his career, Howes became the athletic director as well as the director of health and physical education.

Howes dedicated himself to the Jordan-Elbridge school district and to the Central New York athletic community as well. He has been a member of the Onondaga High School League for 25 years. For his last 10 years of service, Howes was the chairperson for the Central Division and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the League. At the sectional level, John served on the Modified Sports Committee and was on the Athletic Council from 1985 to 1995.

"Having our students win the Sportsmanship Award many times over the years was a great accomplishment during my tenure," Howes said. "It's hard to put into words what an honor this is."

During the years that Howes was athletic director, the student body at Jordan-Elbridge High School was voted by the coaches of the league as exhibiting the best sportsmanship in the league more times than every school put together.

"I'm very proud to be given this honor," Howes said. "I think about my grandson, he's only 6, but someday he could play on the field."

According to a letter sent to members of the Jordan-Elbridge board of education, the school's athletic field would not be what it is today without the help of Howes.

"Without the donations of materials, technical expertise and labor our student athletes would not be playing under lights on a dry, well-crowned field; there would not be extra bleachers and no electronic scoreboard."

"When I started out in this profession 30 years ago I never would have expected something like this," Howes said.

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