Crane Joins Friday Night Lights

CRANE – The list of firsts continues for Crane High School. After taking a state championship in boys’ basketball for the first time in over 100 years, the upcoming fall will see the Mustangs take the football field under the lights. By the end of the week, a crew will complete the installation of illumination, bringing light to the Mustang faithful.

“This is an exciting transition for Crane,” said Superintendent Matt Hawley. “We could have not completed this without local volunteers stepping up.”

These giving their time and expertise includes Paul Zipser and the crew at Burns Electric, 2L Construction and Schott AG Air.  

The new system is much more than just flipping a switch as it includes the ability to spotlight areas and control the lights remotely with just a cell phone.

“Later in the season, even practices were being cut short by darkness,” explained Hawley. “Having the lights available is a huge step forward for Crane. We have rented lights in the past since it becomes dark here at 4:30.”

The students of Crane will be the first to benefit from the completed project. Plans for a dance to be held “under the lights” are in process for the first weekend after the dorms open.