After Englewood’s school board changed the name of the school district’s athletic stadium last year in honor of Randy Penn — a longtime Englewood athletic coach, teacher and former mayor who died at age 71 last September — the historic figure will soon be remembered at a memorial event at that stadium.
Services will begin at 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at Randy Penn Stadium, located on The Englewood Campus at 3800 S. Logan St., home to Englewood High School.
The event is open to the public, said Debbie Penn, Randy’s widow.
Debbie Penn asked that the public wear black, blue or white, and the dress code is casual to account for the August heat. The family would like attendees in the stadium stands by 5 p.m.
Penn, who left a lasting mark on young athletes and students for decades, passed away on Sept. 3.
Penn began teaching in Englewood Schools in 1981 and remained with the district until 2008, where he coached Pirates sports including football, swimming and track. He served as Englewood’s mayor from 2011 through 2015 and then moved into leadership of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce before retiring in spring 2019.
Englewood Schools Superintendent Wendy Rubin commented on Penn’s legacy around the time the school board renamed the stadium in October.
“In all my life, I’ve never met someone so committed to their community and their schools and to lifting up those around them,” Rubin said.
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