FROM THE VACAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER, THE BARK:
Issue 2, Vol. 44, Oct. 3, 2008
By Juliene Sesar, Bark Co. Editor
Zunino represented the kind of man that a community would cherish and to show his kindness during
his career as head football coach at Vacaville High School since '62, only serving one JV one year in '61,
he began the long process of transforming the stadium from a grass field into what it is today.
Zunino decided to make it a project in his life time to recreate the football field for future generations
of Vaca High students. However, he did not ask for loans and money from the school and town; rather he
asked for donations and volunteers.
NEW LIGHTS AT VACA HIGH
The current lights residing at Tom Zunino Stadium came from Travis Air Force Base. "They were out
collecting dust," said Ramos. The grass came from the volunteers bringing in tractors and trucks,
and the cement rings around the track and field as well. Volunteers came and built the stadium out
of wood. They took the time out of their schedules to come out and sand the stadium every year before
the season started; making sure that there would be no splinters. Even more volunteers would come
in to paint the bleachers to show the school pride.
Zunino inspired the community to build a field that they could love and enjoy for many years to come.
In 2004, Harold Youngblood Stadium was re-named Tom Zunino Stadium.
TOM ZUNINO WATCHES AS NEW TURF IS PUT IN
AT VACA HIGHS FOOTBALL FIELD
‘Z’ HARD AT WORK AT VACA HIGH’S FOOTBALL STADIUM
Tom Zunino Stadium:
“The house that ‘Z’ built”