Special to the News-Times
COLDSPRING — In a touching dedication ceremony, former COCISD coach, teacher, and current school board member Berlin Bradford, who has given six decades of service to the district.
Bradford was presented a plaque by Superintendent Dr. Bryan Taulton, COCISD Board of Trustees President Paul Buchanan and Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Principal Dr. Matthew Bess to commemorate the renaming of Trojan Stadium to Trojan Field at Berlin Bradford Stadium.
The ceremony was held between the first and second quarter of the Homecoming Game on Friday. Coach Bradford and COCISD administrators walked to center field as Announcer Jeff Eichman read the dedication.
“Tonight, we honor Mr. Berlin Bradford for over 57 years of service to Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD and the Coldspring community. Mr. Bradford dedicated 33 years to the district while serving in the classroom as a teacher and coach beginning in 1964.
“In 1998, Mr. Bradford was elected to the COCISD Board of Trustees where he has served for the past 24 years.
“This past May 23, the COCISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to rename Trojan Stadium in honor of Mr. Bradford. Tonight, we present him with a commemorative plaque that reads:
“Let it be known that on this day, the 16th of September in the year 2022, Coldspring-Oakhurst High School Stadium shall henceforth be known as Berlin Bradford Stadium in appreciation of his 57 years of service and dedication to the students and staff of Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated Independent School District and the Coldspring-Oakhurst communities.
“Ladies and gentlemen, it is my privilege to officially welcome you to Trojan Field at Berlin Bradford Stadium.
“Thank you, Mr. Bradford, for your continued service.