The Gillispie School’s “Field of Dreams” Completion Celebration

Gillispie Students celebrating at the event with XTreme Fun.

Gillispie Students celebrating at the event with XTreme Fun.


The Gillispie School’s highly anticipated “Field of Dreams” on Fay Avenue is complete, and faculty, staff, and Gillispie families celebrated the new addition to the School’s campus with a “Field Day” Dedication Ceremony on Friday, September 6.

The event included dinner, music, and fun games for the children organized by XTreme Fun.

Head of School Alison Fleming unveiled the field’s official name, “Pirtle Field,” chosen to commemorate the life’s work of one of Gillispie’s past educators, Suzanne Pirtle.

 Head of School Alison Fleming addressing the crowd at the dedication ceremony.


Head of School Alison Fleming addressing the crowd at the dedication ceremony.


Ms. Pirtle worked as a teacher at Gillispie for 15 years before retiring in 2012. She was in attendance at the ceremony, sitting near the dedication wall that reads, “Dedicated to Suzanne Pirtle and all devoted Gillispie teachers.” The wall also includes plaques with personalized messages from families who donated to the School’s fundraising campaign that helped raise money to build the field on Fay.

This historic day in Gillispie’s history ended with a throw of the field’s “first” football pass by current parent and former Charger offensive lineman Mike Goff to Gillispie P.E. teacher Ed Whelan.

 Coach Kibblewhite, Suzanne Pirtle, and Coach Whelan posing in front of the dedication wall.


Coach Kibblewhite, Suzanne Pirtle, and Coach Whelan posing in front of the dedication wall.


This event was the first of many events that the school will likely hold on its new, open outdoor space!

The Gillispie School is located at, 7380 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA.

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