Warren C. Judge III Memorial Field dedicated at FFHS

By on September 9, 2017

FFHS Athletic Director Ray Scott (from left), Tess Judge, BOE Chair Bea Basnight, school Superintendent John D. Farrelly and and his son Jack Farrelly. (Dare County Schools)

It’s official. The football facility at First Flight High School is now the Warren C. Judge III Memorial Field.

The field was dedicated to Judge, a former Dare County commissioner, prior to the Friday, Sept. 1 football game between Manteo and First Flight high schools.

Judge died in November, 2016 while a member of the board of commissioners and the Democratic candidate for the District 6 seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives. He was known as a champion for Dare County, serving on numerous boards and committees, along with serving as the Board of Commissioner’s school liaison for five years.


Superintendent of Schools John D. Farrelly opened the dedication ceremony with an Albert Pine quote: “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

“Warren Judge’s leadership legacy remains with us, his family, his friends, his community, his county,” Farrelly said, according to a Dare County Schools account of the dedication ceremony.

Board of Education Chair Bea Basnight also spoke during the ceremony, and said Judge was always motivated by doing what was right for the children of Dare County and beyond.

“He was a friend to education,” Basnight said.

Warren C. Judge III

Former Dare County Superintendent of Schools Sue Burgess announced at the March school board meeting that the field would be named in Judge’s honor.


“Warren C. Judge III was a dedicated public servant committed to improving the quality of life for all residents of Dare County,” Burgess said during the March meeting.

Judge served 16 years as a county commissioner, and helped secure $165 million in funding to enable the county to build four new school buildings and renovate five existing schools, she said.

Judge, a lifetime sports enthusiast, was frequently seen supporting school athletic events, and was practically a fixture at First Flight High School home football games, Burgess added during the school board meeting.


At the dedication ceremony, Tess Judge, a community leader in her own right, shared stories about conversations she and her husband had together.

She was moved by the naming of the field, by the reception for friends and family, and expressed deep appreciation to Principal Albert and Superintendent Farrelly, according to the release from the Dare County Schools.

Numerous local dignitaries attended the dedication ceremony, including current and former county commissioners and school board members, Dare County school leaders, Dare County Visitor’s Bureau Steering Committee Chair Susie Walters, and Dare County manager and attorney Bobby Outten.

The new sign — Warren C. Judge III Memorial Field — was unveiled with help from FFHS Athletic Director Ray Scott, Tess Judge, Basnight, and Farrelly, who was accompanied by his son, Jack Farrelly.

The next home game at the Warren C. Judge III Memorial Field is set for Oct. 6, when the FFHS Nighthawks take on Bertie County. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

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