District Debates Commemorating Track

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union School District Board of Trustees is currently considering naming the school’s track after former track and field coach Leo Long.

The name Leo Long would not extend to the school football field, which is named after former football coach Tom Burt. A sign to label the tack would be sponsored by a group of school alumni.

“I didn’t know [Long], but it sounds like he did a lot,” Athletic Director Kim Cave said. “It would be great to name the track after him.”

The request to name the track was submitted by two former school athletes, Bill Frost and Robert Stoecker, Class of ‘62, both of whom belong to the alumni group. Long coached both of the athletes, along with many others who have sent in testimonials in support of the proposition.

“He was a hero to many of us, but he was also an individual who influenced how young men should live,” Neal Anderson, ‘70 said in a testimonial.

Long’s record as coach is impressive, including 18 Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Championship wins between 1958 and 1979, 128 Dual Meet wins between 1956 and 1981, 2 CCS championships in 1962 and 1970 and a victory at the California State Championships in in 1970. Long also coached 11 state champions in their respective events and 8 national record holders during his time at the school.

Burt also voiced approval that the track be named for Long, writing that he would “heartily endorse this request and welcome Leo’s name being added to the present Tom Burt Field.”