Lawrence North High SCHOOL


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Dwaine Bell Stadium

Whereas Dwaine Bell has been an inspiration to all, through his courage, loyalty, caring, and endless contributions to the thousands of lives he has touched, the stadium of Lawrence North High School was named the Dwaine C. Bell Stadium on September 3, 1983. The presentation was made during the halftime of the Lawrence Central vs. Lawrence North football game.

Coach Bell and his wife Joanne received a plaque from Superintendent Percy Clark. Furthermore, Governor Orr proclaimed Coach Bell a Sagamore of the Wabash for his lifetime contributions to Indiana youth in and out of athletics. Coach Bell taught in Lawrence Township for 25 years. Due to his eight-year battle against cancer, he was forced to take disability leave in June 1983. During his career, he served both Lawrence Central and Lawrence North as a track and football coach, physical education department chairman, health and physical for the township and began the Lawrence Township Learn to Swim Program.

The player support of Coach Bells’ fight against cancer had been so strong that in the years 1981 and 1982 the varsity football team showed their pride by placing bells across the back of their football jerseys. Coach Bell was a highly respected coach. After the naming of the Dwaine C. Bell Stadium, Coach Bell succumbed to the disease he had fought so courageously. He passed away October 22, 1983. One year later, the Wildcat Athletic Mother’s Organization (WAMO) donated a brass bell to Lawrence North and dedicated it September 15, 1984. It was WAMO’s desire that for every point LN scored, the bell would ring in remembrance of Coach Bell. In that manner, the bell would stand as a symbol of the spirit of Coach Bell that will linger for generations to share.




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