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Dublin High School Athletics Welcomes New Sports Complex

October 10, 2010

by Michelle McDonald

Dublin High School Sports Complex

As Dublin High prepares to cut the ribbon on the brand-new Dublin High Sports Complex (part of the $120M Dublin High Renewal Project), the Gaels’ athletic teams are offering students more options and experiencing more success than ever.

“If you look over the last 10 years, our athletic program has fully evolved a few times over,” said athletic director Shawn McHugh. “And our community has done a great job of investing in our program.”

Dublin High School offers a total of 22 athletic programs for boys and girls, serving 650-700 student-athletes.

As part of the Diablo-Foothill Athletic League, the Gaels have competed with increasing frequency in North Coast Section events. In the last year, 10 programs competed in NCS events, including:

  • Cross-Country (boys and girls)
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Basketball
  • Track and field (boys and girls)
  • Baseball
  • Swimming (boys and girls)
  • Boys’ golf

The boys soccer team won the NCS Division II soccer championship last winter, defeating overwhelming favorite Bishop O’Dowd High School, while boys soccer, and boys golf finished with DFAL League Championships.

The new athletic facilities at Dublin High School have become a beacon in the Tri-Valley. Gaels Stadium has become a frequent host site for NCS regional sporting events including football, soccer and lacrosse championships, as well as a community gathering place on the nights of Gaels sporting events under the lights.

The Dublin High Sports Complex, which includes a gymnasium that will seat approximately 2,000, will likely also serve as a regional host in the future.

McHugh said the new facilities mean a lot to the athletes on campus.

“Our facilities are helping to keep our athletes from looking at other schools,” said McHugh. “Once they are here, they are pleased with their decision.”

Dublin High junior Noria Mitchell has participated on the varsity girls soccer, basketball and track teams in her time at Dublin High. She said it is exciting to be a student-athlete right now.

“I feel lucky to be able to play soccer on such a nice turf field and run on a soft track that most schools don’t have,” Mitchell said. “Now with the new gym about to open, I wish I still played basketball! The gym is going to be a great and much needed improvement and hopefully will encourage more kids to participate in indoor sports.”

Dublin High athletics are supported by an active Boosters club that is providing “90 percent of what we need,” McHugh said.

The program is also generating revenue by hosting NCS events, through other events such as the Far West Classic, and the newest venture, the Dublin High Homecoming 5K Fun Run (first held Sunday Oct 10, 2010).

“We have tried to be creative rather than hitting up the same people all the time,” McHugh said. “Our boosters have been incredibly supportive of our program.”

Mitchell said she believes success in athletics is helping to shape the image of Dublin High in the community. “I think Dublin High students are taking more pride in their sports and the school in general because they realize that they can keep up with other schools as long as they work hard and have the necessary support.”

Dublin High Sports Complex Entrance - Booster Bricks

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