Field of History

By Cody Adams |

Published 08/21 2014 06:05PM

Updated 08/21 2014 07:21PM

Cody Adams:  Vincennes is one of the most historical towns in the state of Indiana, so it only stands to reason that high school football would have a history of its own. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order creating the Works Progress Administration. It was just one of many Great Depression  relief programs to help put unemployed Americans to work.

In 1936, under a W-P-A Project, the construction of Washington Field, later renamed George Inman Memorial Field, began. Two years later hundreds gathered to watch high school football, and as they say, the rest is history.

Jon Heiden: "It's pushing almost 80 years old the facility itself has been right there in the park, away from the high school, it makes it a little unique."

JEFF HEIN: "Well it's old school, our kids don't practice down there. Its nice to go play out there, I think our kids take a lot of pride in playing at Inman."

From the late thirties on, Inman Field has been a premiere sight for fans in Vincennes to take in some football. And it has been home to the Vincennes Lincoln Alices since conception.

Jeff Hein: "From an Athletic Director's standpoint and even a coach's standpoint it's a little difficult because you have to get all the things out there for game days, but it's a neat place, like i said it's right there in the park, it just makes for a nice community event anytime we have a home football game."

Jon Heiden played quarterback for the Alices, he graduated in 1998 and in 2007 became head coach. Some of his fondest memories come from Inman Field.

Jon Heiden: "Football in general is a great sport, and to be able to be a part of it as a high school student was a privilege and to be able to coach, especially where i graduated from on the same field i played on is truly gratifying."

Of course after nearly 80 years, history needs a little face lift. The school is in the process of modernizing history and it'll all be ready for friday night.

Jeff Hein: "We're getting new locker facitilities for the home team, we took out the track which was an old cinder track at one time and we took it out and resodded, we're gonna have a two tiered press box that will be really nice."

Just helping history step in to the future, and helping create memories for years to come.

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