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WT Woodson High School

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WT Woodson High School

History


 

Lewyn Oppenheim

Stadium Press Box

Dedicated November 6, 1997

 

Lewyn Oppenheim served as program chairman and president of the Woodson PTSA in the late 60’s, as well as serving on the principal’s advisory board, and as a parent advisor to the student government association. In the early 70’s he became active with the Athletic Booster Club and continued doing so until the 80’s. Lewyn began announcing all of Woodson’s home varsity football games in 1972 while his son was playing, and continued doing so for twenty-five years, including pre-game and half time activities. He announced all Northern Regional semi-final and championship games, as well as the state championship games which were held at Woodson Stadium. When he retired from announcing after twenty-five consecutive years the Fairfax County School Board adopted a resolution on November 6, 1997, naming the stadium press box at Woodson High School the “Lew Oppenheim – Voice of the Cavaliers Press Box”. The resolution said, “This is being done in honor of his dedication and service to the community and to the students whose lives have been enriched by his contributions”.

 

 

Pat Cunningham

Stadium

Dedicated November 14, 1975

Pat Cunningham was born October 2, 1919, in Wilkes Barre, PA.  He fought during WWII where he received a Purple Heart for action during D-Day.  Upon returning home, Pat received his BA at Mansfield (PA) Teachers College where he played varsity football, basketball, and baseball.  Pat also earned a Master’s Degree at George Peabody College (TN).
During his long career in Fairfax County, Pat was a teacher and coach at Fairfax High School, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at Groveton High School, and served as Director of Student Activities and Athletics at W.T. Woodson for thirteen years, from 1962-1975. During his tenure at W.T. Woodson, Pat was instrumental in initiating the Woodson Athletic Booster Club and raising funds for lights and bringing in bleachers and making it the largest stadium in the State of Virginia and for many years W.T. Woodson hosted numerous regional and VHSL Championship games. Mr. Cunningham was a leader in physical education and athletics in Northern Virginia and the State of Virginia for many years. Pat is credited as the person who had the idea of founding the Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administrators, Coaches Association (NVADACA) which offers a scholarship in his name. On November, 14 1975 in recognition of all that Mr. Cunningham had meant to W.T. Woodson High School, the stadium was dedicated with his name.

Track and Field - Legard Relays

"Carolyn Legard was a physical education teacher and coach at W.T.Woodson High School from it 1962 to 1985.  As a track and field coach, her girl’s teams amassed 13 district championships, 2 regional championships and a state championship in 1972.  Her teams were well rounded and always ready to compete in the championship meets at the end of the season.  Carolyn left Woodson in 1985 to help coach the women’s team at George Mason University.  She helped Mason win numerous conference championships and coached a couple of All-Americans.  She is enshrined in the George Mason Athletic Hall of Fame. Carolyn left the area in 1994 but returned to award medals at the first Legard Relays in 1996.  She was also one of the main driving forces behind increasing the number of female sports in Fairfax County.  Carolyn passed away in 2004 but her impact on female sports continues to this day."


Craig Davis Track

Dedicated  May, 2010

 

Craig coached cross-county, indoor track and outdoor track at Woodson since he arrived as a teacher in 1984. Throughout these years, he accomplished many outstanding achievements with the track program. In 1992, he led the girls’ indoor and outdoor track teams to a Northern Region Championship and in 1993 his outdoor track girls’ team was runner up in the Northern Region. In 2001, he led the boys’ indoor track team to a Liberty District Championship and in 2009 his girls’ team won the Liberty District Championship. In 2007, his boys’ cross country team took third place in the Northern Region becoming the first boys cross country team to advance to the state cross country meet since 1975. They finished 9th in the state championships. Despite all these team honors that Craig reigned over, there is no doubt the aspect of his coaching tenure that is most notable has no trophy. His leadership, guidance, and development of thousands of young men and women, encouraging them to reach beyond their perceived limits to accomplish individual goals both on the track and in life are his greatest accomplishments. His former athletes return each year and recount the ways that Craig has helped them be successful not only in track but also in life.

In 1992, Craig was voted onto the Northern Region Girls’ Coaching Staff of the Year. Upon his retirement from coaching in 2009, Craig won the Tom Casey Service Award after being nominated by his fellow staff members. He is recognized at Woodson for his outstanding leadership skills and his commitment to the school in a time where many coaches come and go. I can think of no better honor than to name the new track after the man who led the school’s track and field and cross country program for 25 years. Craig Davis is truly a legend at Woodson and with this honor; his name will continue to live on throughout the years.

 

                                                                  Knupp Baseball Stadium

                                                                       1993

                       

Randolph Lee Knupp coached for 31 years at W.T. Woodson High School  One of the most successful coachses in the Northern Virginia Region and one of the winningest baseball coaches in Virginia high school history.
Coaching Career: Lee Knupp came to W.T. Woodson High in Fairfax when the school opened in 1962. He taught Physical Education and was Woodson's first baseball coach, coaching baseball for over 30 years. He also coached football and golf during his tenure at Woodson. His 388 career wins in baseball ranks him third all-time among AAA coaches in Virginia High School League (VHSL) history. Lee Knupp is one of only three coaches in Virginia history to win back-to-back AAA State championships,  1989 and 1990.  During the 1989 1990 season he coached an impressive 34 winning games in a row. He garnered nine district championships, two regional championships and two state championships.

In 2005, Knupp was inducted in to the Washington D.C. "Home Plate Club" Hall-of-Fame, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Washington D.C. area player or coach.

 

                                                           Labazzetta Wrestling Room
                                            January 19, 2011

Paul  Labazzetta coached the wrestling team from 1972 to 2004 and was recognized by the School Board for mentoring and instilling confidence in the athletes he worked with. Over the years, Woodson wrestling teams under his direction won multiple district and regional championships as well as a state title. He was honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his service to high school wrestling and was named the Virginia High School Coaches Association Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1983 and the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2004. Labazzetta was a finalist for the National Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2005.  The wrestling room now bears his name along with many of the champions that he coached.  Coach Labazzetta is still directing and training young men.  As Defensive Coordinator for Battlefield HS, his team won the state championship in 2010.
-Won four district titles (1979, '80, '82 and '89)
-Won three region titles (1982, '86 and '89)
-Won one state title (1982)
-Won district and region dual-team championships (1990)
-Coached 71 individual district champions
-Coached 21 individual region champs
-Coached 78 state qualifiers
-Coached 5 individual state champs
-Coached 35 individual state place winners
-Won National Wrestling Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award
-Been named Virginia High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1982)
-Been named Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Coach of the Year (2004)
-Been named finalist for National Wrestling Coach of the Year (2005)

 



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