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All High renamed in honor of Rich

All High Stadium, the main football venue for the Buffalo Public Schools, was renamed Wednesday evening in honor of Robert E. Rich Sr., the late philanthropist and founder of Buffalo-based Rich Products Corp.

The recently renovated stadium, located behind Bennett High School, will now be called Robert Rich Sr. All High Stadium as a result of a unanimous vote of the Buffalo Board of Education.

Rich, a Bennett alumnus, coached track and field in the Buffalo school system immediately after college.

In addition, the board pledged to find a way to honor the late Homer B. Platt, a former track coach, possibly in connection with the stadium.

Earlier in the meeting, Jacqueline Platt, Homer Platt's widow, urged the board to rename the stadium after him. Platt co-founded the Western New York Jets Track Club, where he coached and mentored many track athletes throughout their high school and college careers.

Superintendent James A. Williams suggested naming a statewide track meet, which is now being planned, after Platt. North District Board Member Donald Van Every raised the possibility of naming the track that rings the All High football field after him.

The matter was referred to the board's executive committee to come up with a specific suggestion.

Wednesday marked the final board meeting for Van Every, Jack Coyle and Janique Curry, who chose not to seek re-election, and the Rev. Kinzer Pointer, who was defeated in his bid for re-election. They were presented bells from their board colleagues in recognition of their work on behalf of children.

Four new board members -- Pamela D. Perry-Cahill, Ruth Kapsiak, Lou Petrucci and Catherine Nugent Panepinto -- will take office next week.

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