Aberdeen High School is the proud new owner of a state-of-the-art scoreboard for its stadium.
A collaboration with the Harford County Board of Education and local sports marketing company Sports Image, the electronic scoreboard project had many sponsors — Klein's ShopRite, Freedom Federal Credit Union, The Hostetter Insurance Agency, Harford Community College, Aaron's, Clark Loan & Jewelry, Ewing's Septic Services, Upper Chesapeake Health and McDonald's of Aberdeen.
The school board approved the high school's request Sept. 10 to buy and install the scoreboard for $45,035.
The various corporate sponsors and funds raised by the school paid for the scoreboard.
Last November, two of Aberdeen's most famous graduates, E.J. and Erin Henderson, offered a donation of $20,000 for a new scoreboard on the condition, the school board said at the time, that the school's stadium be named "Henderson Field" and the family name be visible on the scoreboard.
The board rejected the donation from the pro football players after concerns were raised over the school system's policy on naming sport facilities.
Board member Bob Frisch asked the board's lawyer, Patrick Spicer, if the family would be willing to make the donation without the field and scoreboard carrying the family name, and Spicer said they would not.
"I'm not comfortable, in essence, selling the naming rights," Frisch said.
The decision upset the Aberdeen community, and one family friend said it wasn't true the Hendersons would only make the donation if their name was attached to the project.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun