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Matson, also an Olympic medal-winning sprinter, is the only Washington alum of the trio. He graduated in 1948, eight years after the football stadium was built.
More famous than the players who have graced the field is the setting itself, nestled high in the Richmond District overlooking one of the Wonders of the World - the Golden Gate Bridge.
Called simply Washington High School Stadium, the field is also accented by a beautiful 2,500 square foot frieze with panels that depict both ancient and modern sports in the Olympics. The field was also updated two seasons ago with clean, bright, green, red, white and gold artificial turf. It was recently featured in our 10 high school football stadiums to see before you die slideshow.
But what clearly makes the stadium stand out is the view, a fact not lost upon Washington's students, athletes or faculty.
"It is a privilege to see this beautiful view everyday," Washington principal Ericka Lovrin said. "The faculty and students never take this view for granted. We know we have a million dollar view and we cherish it. It fills you with pride for San Francisco."
More pride is felt when the Eagles play San Francisco City Section rival Lincoln in the annual Big Bell Game. The teams will tangle for the 68th time Saturday at Lincoln. Washington holds a 35-31-1 lead in the series.