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When a high school football team is as decorated and revered as Don Bosco Prep’s Ironmen, that team needs a field that lives up to the legacy. And Granatell Stadium, now in its fifth decade, is deserving of the honor.
The football program at the prestigious all-boys Roman Catholic school has dominated for decades, with USA Today and the National Prep Poll naming Don Bosco Prep’s team the High School Football National Champion in 2009 and again two years later. The Ironmen have won 14 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Non-Public Group IV championships between 1968 and today, including six straight from 2006 to 2011.
The Charles I. Granatell Athletic Stadium’s history spans nearly as long as the team’s run of success. Built in 1972 with a generous financial donation from the prominent Granatell family, the facility anchors a large outdoor sports complex on the 35-acre campus and holds more than 5,000 spectators. Over the years, it has undergone several renovations, including the installation of an artificial turf field for the first time in 2003. That field was resurfaced in 2012 — just in time for the beginning of the year’s football season, when the Ironmen were ranked No. 1 in most national polls. Learn more on Don Bosco Prep’s surface Here.
“FieldTurf promotes safety first, above all else,” Don Bosco Prep’s athletic director Brian McAleer said at the time of the renovation. “We have an obligation to plan for the future, and the renovation of Granatell Stadium enables us to move forward in the best interests of meeting the needs of our student-athletes.”
Football is not the only sport at Don Bosco with an artificial turf field. When the surface at Granatell Stadium was replaced in 2012, new turf fields also were installed for baseball lacrosse and soccer — thereby strengthening and ensuring Don Bosco Prep’s winning athletic tradition.