Construction of the Lyle Hare Memorial Stadium began in 1960. In 2005, a $1.1 million dollar construction project ended. The project was co-funded by the Spearfish School District, Black Hills State University and $100,000 from the City of Spearfish. Some of the new features from that project included:
- Resurface 400 meter track with Recotan surface,
- Recrown football field
- Irrigation system
- Landscape improvements
The following “Letter to the Editor” is recreated with permission from Mrs. Donald Young.
11 Nov., ‘75
To the Editor:
Anyone who knew Dr. Lyle Hare is bound to possess memories about those relationships that are unique. When I first met him forty years ago, I was a freshman at Spearfish Normal; he had already been associated with the City and the College for nearly forty years, and was a well-known figure in our State.
Dr. Hare was the College physician when I participated in sports and also when I coached at the College. His quiet way of administering to the injured and the ill was comforting and assuring to all concerned. I saw him perform under a gamut of situations. Once, in the death of my college roommate who was injured in a game. Another time I watched him operate on one of my players in the middle of the night after a practice injury. I was also the recipient of his care when bumped about in football, and again when I had a bout with typhoid fever.
I had the privilege of coaching the football team that dedicated the football field in his honor, and I have ceased to attempt to keep track of the number of athletes I knew that he had helped – those that I was unaware of no doubt were the greater in number, and they all have special memories of their particular relationship to him. In more than one instance, the wives of players worked in his office to help husbands finance an education.
Though his name is enshrined at this football field, it is not the field that stands in his honor, it is the college. In those dark days of the “Depression era, the college offerings had been reduced from four years to two years, and the actual existence of the college hung in the balance. It is more through the efforts of Dr. Lyle Hare, and the high regard in which he was held by his fellowmen throughout the State of South Dakota that the buildings still house a college instead of being converted to some other activity.
Not only did the college survive, but the four-year program was restored, and as one member of that first four-year class in 1940, I can testify that, with World War II looming on our horizon, the opportunity to earn a degree cannot be underestimated.
Whatever the major problems of today are concerning the college, it might well be remembered that none of them would have to be considered if there were no college, and the City of Spearfish would not be what it is today without the college.
We are all greatly indebted to Dr. Lyle Hare, and the fact that he not only “came our way” but elected to stay and do something while he was here ought to provide a challenge for the rest of us. A proper assessment of his many contributions to the college and the community would seem to indicate that it will take a lot of us to fill his shoes.
Donald E. Young
Mayor, City of Spearfish
Black Hills State College