Needles, CA: Getting To Know Our Community: Branigan Field at Needles High School.

Needles, CA: Getting To Know Our Community: Branigan Field at Needles High School.

ZachNews is getting to know our community, with help by the great volunteers at the Needles Regional Museum.

Today we’re checking out Branigan Field, located at Needles High School in Needles, California.

The field was named after John Branigan, who was born on October 23rd, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1915, John completed under graduate studies in the field of education at Nebraska University.

In 1918, John obtained Master’s Degree in education at Stanford University.

Between 1918-1919, John served in the US Army as an officer during WWI.

In early 1920’s: John entered the educational workforce in Holbrook, Arizona.

Between 1927-1939, John came to Needles, California becoming superintendent of schools. While in Needles he made many lifelong friends. The football field at Needles High School was given the name Branigan Field in his honor.

Between 1939-1948, John became superintendent of schools for the Redlands School District.

Between 1948-1960, John worked for the State Department of Education, Division of School Planning.

In 1960, John retired from the State Department of Education, Division of School Planning.

Between 1960-1979, John lived out his remaining years with his family in Santa Ana, California. He continued to visit with his many friends in Needles, California.

Months before his death, John attended a class reunion in Needles, California having been invited by the host class. John enjoyed seeing and talking with those that had been students while he was the superintendent here.

On December 25, 1979, John passed away.

Today, the field named after John Branigan, Branigan Field, continues to be in uses by the Needles High School’s football team known as the Needles Mustangs, which continues to play hard for their school and community to get state championships.

** Want to know more about our community of Needles, California? **

Please make a visit inside the Needles Regional Museum, located at 929 Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

The Needles Regional Museum is opened from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT Monday through Saturday.

Thanks to the great volunteers at the Needles Regional Museum, and we hope you all enjoyed getting to know our community.

** Picture Above from the Needles Regional Museum, and Pictures of Branigan Field at Needles High School from ZachNews: **

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