Maryville Tradition begins on the football field. Shields Stadium is the current football stadium at Maryville High School, named after Stanley Bernard "Skeeter" Shields (1967-1999). Shields attended Maryville High School, Maryville College, and graduated from U.T. He was the mayor of Maryville for 34 years and was named mayor of the year in 1979 by the Tennessee Municipal League. He also received Maryville College's distinguished service award in 1991.
Backstory and Context
Shield's Stadium is one of the first thing that comes to a students mind when they think of Maryville High School. Traditions that have remained constant throughout the years for all students at MHS are the Maryville vs. Alcoa rivalry and school spirit. Originally the "red elephants", Maryville gained a new mascot after a football cheating scandal and became the Rebels. Their rival school, Alcoa High School, has an entire week dedicated to preparing for the big game. Pep rallies, pranks, banners, etc. are something the students always look forward to. Sporting events bring in a flood of students that stand in the student section to sing the same chant that has been sung for decades. Shield's Stadium makes it possible for students to find community at their school through athletics and supporting their team.