I won’t sugarcoat it…my first high school was a dump. We had bars on the windows (super depressing), a robust “thug” community and not much in the way of aesthetic beauty. Looking back though, from the perspective of a sports lover, we had it pretty good. There was grass, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, a dilapidated track (still a track) and a good sized football field to be tortured on.
At the boarding school I volunteer at (where 7 schools reside), they have but one field to share and it’s completely void of any living thing, aside from the lone tree you see on the left. Just walking past this thing every day is enough to give you a good dusting, so I can only imagine what playing on it is like.