New home football field Cody High’s pride and joy

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

For the first time since 2007, Cody High’s football team will play a home game on a field it can truly call home.

Friday’s 4 p.m. Detroit Public School League game at Hope Field between the Comets (2-1 league, 2-2 overall) and visiting Ford (1-2, 1-3) will be contested on the same Stein Park playground where former Cody teams used to battle.

But thanks to a complete renovation, including the installation of a 90,000 sq. ft. synthetic turf, Cody football has a first-class facility that has instilled pride and joy throughout the school community.


Cody High head football coach Calvin Norman, Jr.

“I’m a Cody alumni so I played on that (former) field,” said Cody head football coach Calvin Norman, a class of ’85 graduate, recalling his days as a 5-11, 165-pound running back and defensive back.

“It’s just real special to be able to go back to where I started out playing and to be able to coach on the same field. Only now everything about this new field is A-1. We’re the only school in the city of Detroit that has our names, Cody and Comets, in the end zones.”

A gathering of Cody alumni players was to meet with members of the clergy Thursday at 3:30 p.m. to christen the field, Norman said. An official program is scheduled prior to Friday afternoon’s kickoff.

Cody helmetLife Remodeled, a non-profit organization, spearheaded the funding of the project, with major contributors including the Skillman Foundation, the UAW and several metro-area churches.

“The people who wrote the check call it Hope Field because it represents hope for this community,” Norman said.

“For me, this brings back a lot of memories of some great games we played on this field. My kids are real excited to have a home field for the first time. I’m as excited as they are. But we’ve got to calm down. We can’t get caught up in the lights and cameras. We’ve still got a game to play against a good Ford team.”

In other PSL games Friday (all 4 p.m. starts), Denby (2-1, 3-1) is at unbeaten defending league champion Cass Tech (3-0, 4-0); Central (1-2, 2-2) visits Renaissance (2-1, 2-2); Douglass (0-3,0-4) plays at Osborn (1-2, 1-3); CMA (0-3, 0-4) plays at Pershing (1-2, 2-2); Southeastern (0-3, 0-4) visits East English Village 3-0, 3-1); and Western (2-1, 3-1) is at DCP-Northwestern (0-3, 0-3).

Saturday’s 12 noon PSL Game of the Week is at Mumford High where Coach Donshell English’s Mustangs (3-0, 3-1) host Coach Dale Harvel’s unbeaten Crusaders (3-0, 4-0) in a battle of first-place teams.

Four teams – Cass Tech, King, East English Village and Mumford — remain tied for first place in the league after last week’s games. Western (a 38-18 loser to Denby) and Cody (shut out 32-0 by King) fell from a share of the lead.

In other games last week, Cass Tech beat Douglass 50-0; Mumford beat DCP-Northwestern 45-8; East English Village blanked Pershing 28-0; Central beat Ford 14-6; Renaissance routed CMA 50-0; and Osborn got past Southeastern 16-14.


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