L.D. Bell Blue Raider Football Booster Club

Legacy of Pennington Field


Pennington Field is named in honor of former L. D. Bell High School Coach Fred Pennington. Coach Pennington began his Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District coaching career in the spring of 1959. He took a team that was 2-8 in the fall of 1958 and turned it into an 8-2 team in 1959. Coach Pennington died of electrocution in the summer of 1960 at his pool. Bell High School was then located on the corner of Raider and Pipeline. The football field behind the school was named for Fred Pennington after his death. In the fall of 1987, the current Pennington Field Stadium, owned and operated by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, was opened.

Plaque Transcript (Located at Pennington Field)

Fred Pennington

Head Coach L.D. Bell High School, 1959 to 1962

In a relatively short period of time, Coach Pennington excited our community with a new beginning for H-E-B sports. In an all too short period of time, the community was mourning his untimely death. Fred Pennington's influence continues today in the lives of those friends and former students who were changed by the example of his character, his high ideals, and his shared Christian faith.

Long after the cheering stops and the games and the scores become only a passing memory, the influence of a great teacher continues. In this broader sense, the spirit of Fred Pennington lives on in the dedication and commitment of the coaches, teachers, players, and students gathered here tonight.

This plaque is dedicated to the memory of Fred Pennington by the men and women whose lives he touched -- the L.D. Bell graduating classes of 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, and 1964.

Dedicated at the new H.E.B. Pennington Stadium

November 6, 1987