Fields dedicated to Franklin, Mathas families

For decades, the Franklin and Mathas families have been generous supporters of Norfolk Collegiate. On Friday, Sept. 21, the families along with current parents and Board of Trustee members gathered for a small ceremony officially dedicating the turf fields in their names.

"Norfolk Collegiate has been extremely fortunate to have the longstanding support of its past and current families,” said Headmaster Scott Kennedy. “The two families we are honoring tonight—The Franklin and the Mathas families—have supported the school in numerous ways that span decades.” 

As the families looked on, their children unveiled the newly installed signage officially naming the turf fields—The Franklin Family Field and the Mathas Family Field—as student-athletes played behind them.


Irene and Tim Mathas began their journey with Norfolk Collegiate when they enrolled their sons Tommy ’83 and Ted ’85 in the school. Irene went on to serve on the school’s Board of Trustees and witnessed firsthand its transformation over the years. Sons Tommy and Ted went on to become well established and highly successful in their careers at New York Life Insurance Co., served on Norfolk Collegiate’s Board of Trustees and continue the legacy of giving to the school’s exemplary teachers and students. 


Martha and Wendell Franklin began their journey when they enrolled their son Taylor ’00 in Norfolk Collegiate. Wendell went on to serve on the Board of Trustees and the couple continue their generous legacy through their four grandchildren—Zoe ’16, Caymus ’27, Colgin ’29 and Charlotte ’32. Taylor, whose children attend Collegiate, serves not only as a leader in Hampton Roads, but also the Collegiate community where he as serves as chairman of the board since 2015.

“We know their story is far from finished at Norfolk Collegiate,” said Kennedy, “and we are honored for their lead support of our field, officially dedicated tonight.”