Burch Stadium dedicated at O'Connell

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Alward V. Burch dedicated his life to Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, first as a teacher and record-breaking baseball coach, then as its longtime principal.

The school returned the favor April 30 when it dedicated its new baseball stadium in his honor.

Donna Burch, Al Burch's widow, cut the ribbon on the field, and Father Gregory Thompson, school chaplain, blessed the bronze plaque that memorializes the former principal.

Burch first joined the O'Connell faculty in 1961 and became its principal in 1977, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. He died in Oct. 29, 2011.

The field is named after Harry M. Jacobs, affectionately known as "Jake the Snake," who coached with Burch at O'Connell for many years.

The baseball field was renovated two years ago, thanks in part to the cooperation of Marymount University in Arlington, which uses the field for its home games.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015