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Athletic Boosters Secure New Scoreboard for Wildcat Stadium, No Tax Dollars Used

Posted on: March 2, 2022

In 2019, the Harrison Athletic Boosters embarked on a campaign to build two turf fields.  The goal was to provide Harrison student-athletes, as well as the community, with a first-class, dynamic playing surface that could be used by football, soccer, marching band, and more.

A multitude of corporate and private donors helped launch the project, ensuring that no tax dollars would be used.  The vision began to take shape as ground was broken in the summer of 2020.  The first game took place that August, when the Harrison Wildcats took the field on a 98,000 square foot synthetic turf surface.  In addition, an 80,000 square foot full-size practice field adjacent to the game field allows teams to practice at the same time a game is taking place. 

Momentum continued to build throughout the alumni base, and more donors wanted to offer their support to their alma mater.  One such alumnus, Pat Noyes ’72, felt called to get involved in a big way.  Mr. Noyes has generously donated a very significant amount of money – the largest private donation in school district history – to push the project toward the finish line.  With this contribution, the Boosters plan to install a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard.  This scoreboard will be the largest in Cincinnati, standing 35 feet tall and 32 feet wide, along with featuring a video display of 17x30 with a pixel pitch of 15mm.  That is the same technology that is used at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Cincinnati Bengals. 

At Harrison, Pat was the Salutatorian of his class, played varsity football, varsity baseball and wrestled.  After high school, Pat went on to graduate from Rose-Hulman in 1976, cum laude with a BSME (Mechanical Engineering).  While at Rose, he also played varsity football and baseball.  He has worked in the energy industry for 45 years, currently serving as CEO of Grenadier Energy Partners III, a private oil and gas company based in The Woodlands, Texas.  He is married to his high school sweetheart, Cindy Crocker, who was a cheerleader for Harrison High. 

“Our philanthropy has primarily been limited to Christian organizations in an effort to spread the good news of the gospel to the world,” said Noyes.  “Beyond that, I believe it is important to give back to the organizations that helped shape my character and get me to where I am today.”

The Harrison Athletic Boosters and Southwest Local Schools are grateful to Mr. Noyes for his dedication to the student-athletes in the Harrison community, both now and in the future.

“I wanted to be a part of all the good things that are taking place with the athletic facilities, particularly the stadium renovation,” Noyes continues.  “Football is near and dear to my heart. Without it, I would not have been able to attend Rose-Hulman and get the education that I did.  We are very blessed and more than happy to be a part of the great work that is ongoing at Harrison High”.