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Originally posted October 16, 2012
Union Tuttle Stadium is featured in an online article through MaxPreps as 10 more high school football stadiums to see before you die. See full article here.
The $1.7 million stadium, which seats 11,000, had a glorious dedication on Sept. 24, 1976. Speakers included a member of the Unites States House of Representatives, a future U.S. senator and a Cherokee Indian chief, who blessed the stadium.
However, the Redskins are believed to have lost their first 14 games in their new palace until they finally got on the victory trail. Once they got there, though, they never looked back. They even put together a 56-game winning streak at home until it was broken by Hoover (Ala.), then the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. They have won eight state titles and finished second five times.
The school has grown from 500 students in grades 9-12 to 4,200 - the state's second-largest school. In 1985, Union was the first school in Oklahoma to install artificial turf. In 1990 the stadium was renamed in honor of assistant football coach Phil Tuttle, who was killed in a 1988 car accident.
Union and Jenks have combined to win the last 16 Class 6A state titles. Their rivalry is so big that games often have been moved to the University of Tulsa. The rivalry has been named No. 1 in the nation by Sports Illustrated and one meeting drew a crowd of more than 40,000.