As the oldest one among public schools, the Wellesley High School and Needham High School football rivalry is historic. Commemorating this tradition is a boulder with a football and words on it at Morton Field, site of the first game back in 1882.
As we reported early in 2019, thanks to the support of Needham and Wellesley Rotary Clubs, a clean-up of the increasingly dingy boulder was planned. The effort helps to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first graduating class from Wellesley High School (then known as West Needham High School), according to Tory DeFazio, who spearheaded the project.
“As you can see it’s a vast improvement and one can now read the wording of the boulder as intended for the Centennial in
1982,” DeFazio says. “Hopefully this year, we can use this as a photo op site for a group photo of the Needham & Wellesley football captains as we get near the 2019 Thanksgiving Day game, this year hosted by Wellesley.”