Family, friends and former colleagues of Duncanville ISD legend Mike Chrietzberg gathered yesterday at Duncanville High School to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated softball field named in his honor.
Mike Chrietzberg Softball Field debuted with the first home softball of the season and it received an overwhelming amount of support from former students and colleagues. Many have expressed how deserving an honor it is for Mr. Chrietzberg after 42 years of dedicating his career to Duncanville ISD. Attendees of the unveiling also shared stories of Mr. Chrietzberg and thanked him personally for the impact he’s made in their lives.
Mr. Chrietzberg expressed his gratitude in an emotional speech, including to his children and grandchildren. He then looked towards his wife Christine Chrietzberg, who is also an assistant principal at Hardin Intermediate School, and thanked her for being his life partner and support system.
“Regardless of what my name would be attached to, as long as it was related to Duncanville ISD that would be a very rewarding recognition,” said Mr. Chrietzberg, while holding back tears. “Athletics are important, as are fine arts and are academics and all the adults who lead those programs. You are all important.”
Mr. Chrietzberg stood alongside his wife to unveil a replica of the plaque that will be displayed outside the softball stadium bearing his name. He was also presented with a commemorative softball from Board of Trustee President Carla Fahey.
Mr. Chrietzberg began his career in Duncanville ISD as a science teacher and coach at Byrd Middle School. He then moved to Reed Middle School as an assistant principal then became principal at Duncanville High School for 22 years. In 2012, Mr. Chrietzberg joined the administration team as Chief of Staff and retired as Assistant Superintendent of Campus Support in 2018.
During his time as principal at DHS, he was an advocate for girls sports and gave female students equal opportunity to excel in sports as much as the boys sports programs. The original softball field was developed during his tenure.