During the grand opening ceremony for Mountain House High School, a sign was presented showing Hansen’s name on the baseball scoreboard as the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was played.
“I was completely surprised,” Hansen said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I am humbled and honored they thought of me still. I’m a huge baseball fan, and it’s really nice to think of me.”
During the ceremony, Trustee Matt Balzarini told a large gathering that Hansen was a baseball player during his college days at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and then worked as a physical education teacher for many years.
“Being told this project wouldn’t happen, seeing it today, it’s just been a wonderful thing, and it’s purely because of Dale’s blood, sweat and tears,” Balzarini said of the new high school. “We’re very proud of the work Dale has done, contributed to this district. We would not be here today if it wasn’t for his leadership and expertise in the area of construction and education finance. To show our gratitude, we thought it fitting that we dedicate our baseball field.”
To commemorate the event, a message from San Francisco Giants color commentator Mike Krukow was played over the loudspeaker. Krukow was a teammate of Hansen at Cal Poly.
“Wherever he would go, I always knew he would carry one thing with him, and that was his profound love of baseball,” Krukow said. “It is no great surprise that of all of us that played together on that great team at Cal Poly, he was the guy getting a ballpark named after him. Very deserving. I am not surprised. You made us all proud. Go get ’em.”
Hansen said Tuesday that he sent a note to Krukow telling him that having the high school completed and the baseball field named after him was his greatest achievement in 37 years in education.
“I love it (athletics),” he said. “Teams are amazing tools for kids to work together.”
“A ball field, that’s perfect sense,” he said. “I had scholarship to baseball, I just loved it. It couldn’t have been better for me.”
Hansen retired in June 2013 after five years as Lammersville superintendent.
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