Dimond honors Don Winchester by naming field after him

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Dec 30, 2019

It’s hard to talk about Dimond High School without mentioning Don Winchester.


Perhaps the most influential alum in school history, Winchester for 30 years has played a pivotal role in promoting, supporting and fundraising for Lynx athletics.


“In my opinion there is not another person that has done more for Dimond High School than Don Winchester,” said Kevin Taylor, vice president of the Dimond Alumni Foundation.


Winchester graduated from Dimond in 1969 and played for the school’s inaugural football and basketball teams.


He literally helped build the sports foundation and has since dedicated much of his life working towards preserving the Lynx legacy.


As a token of appreciation, the Dimond Alumni Foundation in conjunction with the Anchorage School District has named the school’s field after him.


The Don Winchester Field at Dimond Alumni Stadium.


“There is no more deserving than Don for this honor,” Taylor said. “He has put an unbelievable amount of time and effort to improve the high school experience for Dimond students and he want credit for any of the time and effort he invests.”

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Winchester has been president of the Dimond Alumni Foundation since its creation in the 1990s and led the effort to secure funding for a turf field that allowed Dimond to become the first school in Anchorage to have a home field for football and soccer.


He was also key in assisting other high schools in the city to obtain funding for their fields.


“All of the high schools in Anchorage have a home field now and we can thank Don for starting that trend,” Taylor said.


Winchester has also been the state’s sports historian since the 1980s in addition to setting the model for fighting for Title IX gender equity, advocating safety and practice standards, and advising various state championship events.


The announcement for the Don Winchester Field at Dimond Alumni Stadium was made recently at a Dimond pep assembly in front of the school’s entire student body.


“Unbelievably we were able to keep it a secret until the school assembly,” said longtime friend Steve Nerland. “Don is incredibly modest and likely would not have shown up if he knew what was going on.”