Fort Dorchester Football
Home of the Patriots
"Home of the
Exit I-26 at Exit 209 - Ashley Phosphate Road. Turn WEST heading toward Dorchester Road. Travel approx. 3 miles. Turn right at Patriot Blvd. There is a red light at this intersection with a Wendy's and a Sunoco Gas station on the right. Follow Patriot Blvd. one block and turn right at the first traffic light into the school. The stadium is located on the right hand side of campus with ample parking around the school.
From Dorchester Road:
From Dorchester Road turn onto Ashley Phosphate Road. There are a McDonalds, Walgreens, CVS, and a 76 gas station on the corners. Go approx 1/2 mile (just past Frankies Fun Park on the left) to the first red light. Turn left at Patriot Blvd. There is a red light at this intersection with a Wendy's and a Sunoco Gas station on the left. Follow Patriot Blvd. one block and turn right at the first traffic light into the school. The stadium is located on the right hand side of campus with ample parking around the school.
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Bagwell Stadium Dedicated;
Bagwell Family, Former Players and Administrators On Hand For Pre-game and Halftime Activities . . .
November 7, 2003
North Charleston, SC - - Approximately 200 family, friends, administrators, and dignitaries gathered prior to the start of the final home game of the Fort Dorchester High School regular season to honor two men in a moving ceremony that officially dedicated the football stadium at the high school.
Bagwell Stadium will forever be a reminder of the works and accomplishments of Howard and John Bagwell for their tireless efforts and dedication to starting a program at a new school in the corner of Dorchester County in 1992. Both men, who past away within six months of each other, Howard of a lung disease in July and John in a single car accident in December of 2002, made their mark on the school and the football program by helping mold the program into a tradition in only ten short seasons.
Principal Tim Payne and athletic director Tim Touchberry unveiled a marble monument that will be erected just inside the stadium gates that honors the men with a caption on each and a likeness etched into the marble. The ceremony lasting about an hour that included hors d’ oeuvres, highlighted the accomplishments of the Bagwell’s and their dedication to the school and the football program.
At the stadium, a sign ‘Bagwell Stadium’ was erected on top of the scoreboard and another mounted on top of the ticket booth that serves as the entrance to the stadium.
Halftime of the Patriots game with Battery Creek was a dedication for the fans as well as former Patriot players who was in attendance at the game. Approximately 50 players as well as the Bagwell family and extended family who made the trip from all over the state and from Georgia, was on the field when PA announcer Richard Todd read the accomplishments of the two Bagwell men. Principal Payne then again unveiled the marble monument as 32 red, white and blue balloons were released into the air.
The 32 balloons were significant as that was the number John Bagwell wore throughout his playing days in youth leagues, at Summerville High School, and also at Furman University. The number was retired at Fort Dorchester High School earlier that year. As the balloons were released, the Fort Dorchester Patriot Marching Band, in the formation of FD played the school’s alma mater in a salute to the Bagwell’s.
Joyce Bagwell, Howard’s wife and John’s mother, as well as Lori Bagwell, the wife of the Patriots coach, were each given a small replica of the monument, which concluded the ceremonies to a standing ovation from the crowd on hand.
Howard Bagwell served as a member of the District Two Board of Trustees for 20 years. He was the driving force behind the design and completion of the entire athletic complex on the campus. Bagwell has been a true friend and supporter of the Patriot family since the school opened in 1992. Bagwell died of a lung disease in July 2002. Bagwell was the athletic director at Charleston Southern University for 35 years until his retirement in 2000. He is the all-time winningest coach at the University in Track and Field and coached several All-Americans and an Olympian.
John Bagwell served as the school's first football coach and held that position for 10 seasons until his death in a car accident in late December 2002. Bagwell built the program from the ground up helping mold the program and facilities to what they are today. Bagwell was very instrumental in overseeing the program and built a 65-56 record during that time. Bagwell, named Region 6-AAAA coach of the year in 2000, took the Patriots to their best season ever finishing with an impressive 11-2 record, winning their first-ever region championship and advancing to the second round of the state AAAA playoffs. Bagwell guided the development of a proud football tradition while serving as both a "father figure" and "mentor" to many of his players.
Fort Dorchester High School first opened it doors in August of 1992 as a break-off of Summerville High School. However it was not until September of 1997 before the Patriots had their own football stadium to call HOME!
For four seasons the Patriots shared Memorial Stadium in downtown Summerville, which is the home of the Summerville Green Wave. It was a rocky beginning for the new school in town to share a stadium rich in tradition for the Green Wave. A lot of tension between the two schools caused the intense natural rivalry to become even more heated, especially when the Patriots were the home team against Summerville in Summerville's stadium in 1996.
However the final plans of Fort Dorchester High School became a reality when the on campus stadium was completed in 1997 and the Patriots played their first HOME game at THE FORT!
The Patriots took on the Beaufort Eagles on September 5, 1997 for the first game with the Pats on the current visitor side. The stadium was built in two stages with the visitor side first and the Pats claimed it for their home side with the larger stands at the time. Then in 1998, stage two was complete as the Patriots current home side was completed giving the stadiums seating capacity of 6,500 including a 700 theater style seating reserved section.
The first game with the newly completed home side for the Patriots was a standing room only game against rival Summerville with over 7,100 fans packed into The Fort. The Patriots then topped that record crowd with a stadium record 10,283 fans as the Patriots beat their cross-town rival Summerville 12-7 on Oct. 27, 2000.
The Patriots hope for continued success in their new home with improvements consistently being made such as the palm trees concessions stands and restrooms. The Football Booster Club donated the 25-second play clocks in the 2000 season giving a "Big Time" atmosphere at The Fort.
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STADIUM NAME: Bagwell Stadium