CORBIN, Ky. (FOX 56) — Let’s take things back to 1923.
In that year, TIME Magazine published its first issue, the Kentucky Theater in Lexington celebrated its first year, and the Corbin High School football team played its first-ever game.
When the Redhounds take the field Friday against Frederick Douglass, the team and the community will be celebrating the past century of memories that include multiple state championships.
“You go back to the position of Corbin, and you go back to the tradition of our football team and their community, a football-oriented community,” said Corbin High School Athletic Director Tackett Wilson.
Wilson said when the Redhounds take the field each on Friday nights, it’s a community experience.
“100 years is a long time,” Wilson explained. “So it’s very exciting for our school, our community, and especially the alumni that are coming in. We got them coming in from all different states.”
For the city of roughly 8,000 people, football is more than a game, and Wilson says their support is unmatched.
“We are a small, rural, mountain community, and like any other community, our community backs our school system and our athletics,” Wilson described. “On Friday nights, there’s nothing like it.”
Although the team has their hearts set on a win on Friday.
“It’ll be a big test for us, but we just gotta come out and fight hard, and hopefully we will come out on the winning end,” Wilson said.
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Being a part of the Redhounds family is something that you can’t replicate.
“It’s an honor to be a Redhound,” Wilson explained. “You know, all the traditions that came before me or our school, and just so many people that reached out to us that are coming back for this celebration in the community. Everybody’s excited. We’re all excited. So hopefully we can go out, have a great ceremony, and then we can win the football game Friday night.”
As if celebrating a 100-year anniversary and trying to win a football game isn’t enough, Corbin will be unveiling a brand-new football stadium, playing a video montage at halftime going down memory lane, and honoring Corbin native Roy Kidd, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 91 and has a street named after him blocks away from Redhound stadium.