Athletic facility named in 2 men's honor
DANVILLE — When the Danville High School boys' track team hosts the Big 12 Conference Championship in a couple of weeks, it will do so at the Wayland-Young Athletic Facility.
School officials on Wednesday announced the new name of the athletic facility on the high school's north campus, between Sidell and English streets.
The facility, which includes the school's outdoor track and practice fields, was named by Lou Ann Wayland-Young, a Danville resident and 1942 Danville High graduate.
Earlier this year, she made a $100,000 donation for further improvements and equipment at the facility, which gave her naming rights.
Superintendent Mark Denman said that Young chose to honor her brother, William E. Wayland Jr., a retired district teacher and administrator, and her late husband, Andrew A. Young.
Wayland, a Danville High and Illinois Wesleyan University graduate and athlete, served as a teacher, coach and administrator for the district from 1948 to 1984.
Denman said he is remembered by many as the well-liked principal of North Ridge Junior High School, a post he held from 1970 to 1977.
Wayland and his wife, Mary Alice, have seven children including Debi Hosch, the high school's physical education division leader and a girls' track and field team assistant coach; Susan Kelly; Nancy Link; Suzanne Arnett; Cheryl Risch; Joan Gillett; and William Wayland III.
Mr. Young, who died in 1995, was an Oakwood Township High School graduate and athlete.
In 1943, he graduated from Illinois State Normal University, where he lettered in three sports and served as the track team's captain.
Mr. Young worked at Lauhoff Grain Co. from 1946 to 1979, serving as personnel director and vice president of sales. He and his wife have a son, William W. Young.
Denman said Lou Ann Wayland-Young wanted to honor Danville High athletes from the past, present and future with her gift.
The school has been able to buy a mobile scorers' and officials' booth and press box, electrical wiring, a sound system, a new shot-put area, banners honoring award-winning Danville High track teams and athletes, and a Track Athlete Walk of Fame area.
"The extraordinary gift of Lou Ann Young will allow the school district to finish the work at the new athletic facility, making it fully operational. Mrs. Young's commendable generosity as well as her significant investment in the students and residents of our community — current and future — are admirable."
While the district used $1.3 million it received from PepsiCo for exclusively selling its products in the district to build the state-of-the-art outdoor track and drainage system, dedicated five years ago, the amenities at the complex — including bleachers, lighting, fencing and restrooms — have been funded by the community.