Mr. Shapell was a man of great compassion and integrity and cared deeply about our community. He met many times with school district officials and was well aware of the school district’s limited budget and the fact that this land would be used to help students build a better future. His generosity in the final years of his life was instrumental in the school district’s acquisition of the land for
After the war, he devoted himself to building housing complexes for displaced war survivors in
- Co-founding Building a Better Los Angeles, which raised over $1 million to help homeless children and families;
- Serving as President of D.A.R.E., an anti-drug education program for schoolchildren;
- Participation for 29 years on California’s Little Hoover Commission where he helped improve the lives of nursing home elderly and disadvantaged; and
- Appointment by President Ronald Reagan to the Grace Commission, a private sector survey on cost control, which saved taxpayers billions of dollars.
The stadium is now under construction and completion is scheduled for April 2011. This will be the school district’s second stadium and, as with Bradford Stadium, will feature: home and visitor seating, concession stands, restrooms, team rooms, artificial turf and synthetic track.