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RHS FOOTBALL HISTORY

            Football was played at RHS, probably as a club sport, beginning at the turn of the century in 1900.  Pictures showing a team in 1902 and beyond are available at News Review, Douglas County Museum, and RHS.  Former games were played on any surface that was vacant.

            During the years 1918-1925, the RHS student body rented grounds adjacent to the present RHS site for athletic events.  Although, not until the building of the 1925-26 Roseburg High School, did the football field become a permanent site. (“Then to Now With Roseburg Schools (1854-1970)”, pg. 117, by Eli S. Hall)

            About 1925, the RHS student body purchased the rented ground at a price of $2500 and gave it to the school district.  The acreage purchased was 11.02 acres, room for a school and athletic fields (page 47, Hall).

            Finlay Field became a reality on November 5, 1925, as voted by the school board.  Dr. G.C. Finlay, DDS, was honored for all the support he had given to the athletic program and youth.  Finlay began coaching basketball and assisted wherever there was a need to help programs develop (page 47, Hall).

            An article appeared in the Roseburg News Review on 9/10/1930.  This article was titled “Night Football at Roseburg High School Discussed”.  A group called “Grant Manufacturing Company” was discussing the project with the Roseburg School District.  The proposal was to install sixteen floodlights with each light of 1500 watt power.  The cost was to range from $1800-$3200, including labor.  Finally, an article in the 1934 yearbook established that new lights had been installed on the RHS football field.

            In 1933, with W.P.A. help, the old north grandstand was built with minimum cost to the district.  (RHS had leased the old Deady sawmill to cut the lumber). 

            In 1956, the south grandstand was built with sponsorship of the “Indian Club”.  Materials and labor were provided by members of the community (Page 47, Hall).

            In 1997, a multi-faceted program was undertaken at Finlay field to build a new north covered grandstand, a new 8-lane all-weather surfaced track, and to provide uncovered bleachers for the south side.

            In 2005, Finlay’s grass football field was upgraded to a new state-of-the-art synthetic grass surface.  The new surface allows for extended field use by many activities.

 

Year    W   L  T     PF   PA     Coach
1921    3    5    0      93   154    Charles King
1922    1    5    0      25   241    B.E.(Ben)Larsen
1923    3    3    0    119     75    B.E.(Ben)Larsen
1924    3    4    1      61     80    Earl Doubet
1925    1    7    0      43   293    Earl Doubet
1926    2    5    0      32   199    Howard Turner
1927    1    4    0      26   120    Howard Turner
1928    3    4    0      70     70    Howard Turner
1929    2    3    1     72     89    Howard Turner
1930    5    3    2    205     90    Howard Turner
1931    5    1    0      95     47    Howard Turner
1932    2    4    1      31     99    Howard Turner
1933    5    3    0      86     85    Howard Turner
1934    3    3    1      46     94    Howard Turner
1935    5    4    0    100   136    Howard Turner
1936    3    5    1      45   109    Howard Turner 
1937    3    2    2      82     84    James Watts
1938    3    4    1      57     83    James Watts
1939    0    5    1        7   101    James Watts
1940    2    5    1      48   124    James Davis
1941    3    4    1      90   134    James Davis
1942    6    1    0    104     52    James Davis/Howard Turner
1943    2    5    0      44   118    Howard Turner    
1944    4    3    1      70     89    Melvin Ingram
1945    4    4    0    142     73    Melvin Ingram
1946    7    1    1    293     77    Melvin Ingram
1947    4    3    0    102   101    Cecil Sherwood
1948    4    4    1    118   143    Cecil Sherwood
1949    4    5    0    163   160    Cecil Sherwood
1950    3    5    1      89   149    Cecil  Sherwood
1951    4    4    0      82   179    William Reder
1952    2    7    0    111   282    William Reder
1953    4    4    1    125   191    Robert George  
1954    4    4    1    114     85    Robert George
1955    4    4    1      93   120    Robert George
1956    1    7    1    110   164    Robert George
1957    5    4    0    159   136    Brad Ecklund
1958    6    2    1    159   121    Roy Thompson
1959    2    7    0    150   197    Roy Thompson
1960    7    2    0    180   113    Roy Thompson
1961  12    0    0    247     26    Roy Thompson
1962    8    2    0    248   103    Roy Thompson
1963    9    2    0    233   101    Roy Thompson
1964    8    0    2    230     74    Darl Thornton
1965    8    1    0    180     80    Darl Thornton
1966    6    2    1    219    117   Darl Thornton
1967    5    4    0    162    127    Darl Thornton
1968    9    1    0    254    120    Darl Thornton
1969    5    4    0    230    120    James Robinson
1970    1    8    0      79    196    James Robinson
1971    1    8    0      73    182    Thurman Bell
1972    5    4    0    119      15    Thurman Bell
1973    7    2    0    196    103    Thurman Bell
1974    8    1    0    292      89    Thurman Bell
1975    3    6    0      91    174    Thurman Bell
1976    5    4    0    169    111    Thurman Bell
1977    8    3    0    259    186    Thurman Bell
1978  10    3    0    327    140    Thurman Bell
1979    3    6    0    169    220    Thurman Bell
1980    6    4    0    212    126    Thurman Bell
1981  14    0    0    441      60    Thurman Bell    
1982    6    4    0    198    131    Thurman Bell
1983    8    2    0    244      73    Thurman Bell 
1984    8    2    0    285      71    Thurman Bell
1985    7    3    0    200      96    Thurman Bell
1986    7    3    0    273    122    Thurman Bell
1987  11    3    0    351    146    Thurman Bell
1988  11    3    0    287    213    Thurman Bell
1989  11    2    0    448    163    Thurman Bell
1990  13    0    1    417    199    Thurman Bell
1991    6    3    0    203      71    Thurman Bell
1992    6    4    0    209    147    Thurman Bell
1993    5    5    0    233    194    Thurman Bell
1994    6    4    0    206    127    Thurman Bell
1995   14   0    0    405    113    Thurman Bell
1996   14    0    0   581      94    Thurman Bell
1997     8    3    0   379    149    Thurman Bell
1998   10    3    0   392    150    Thurman Bell
1999     8    2    0   340    103    Thurman Bell
2000     8    3    0   277    148    Thurman Bell
2001   10    1    0   385    171    Thurman Bell
2002     5    5    0   304    208    Thurman Bell
2003     7    3    0   274    205    Thurman Bell
2004     7    4    0   326    192    Thurman Bell
2005     7    3    0   261    159    Thurman Bell