Independence High School
The Independence High School or, as it is well know as 'The Big I', was established in 1967. With a student body of a little over 2,000 students that puts it in the Southwestern 4-A Conference. With a graduation rate of 84.5%, the school is in the above average category when it comes to academics. The surprising thing is that, 'The Big I', is more well known for its superior athletic programs.
Dale Earnhardt Sr Statue
Dale Earnhardt is widely regarded as one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time. Earnhardt lost his life in February 18, 2001, while competing in the Daytona 500. The statue of Dale Earnhardt Sr. is in his hometown of Kannapolis, NC. The 9ft tall 900-pound bronze statue, sculpted by Clyde Ross Morgan, was debuted in 2002, a year after Earnhardt’s death. The statue perfectly portrays the "working man's driver" in his Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots. Costing upwards of around $200,000 the statue reads on the left plaque, “Honoring Our / Hometown Hero / City of Kannapolis,” and on the right you can see transcribed, “In Loving Memory / Gerald L. Moore / Wesley A. Moore.”
The CMC-Northeast Stadium, formerly known as Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium, is a 4,700-seat stadium that is home to the Kannapolis Intimidators-a class Low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The team has played in the South Atlantic League under various names and team affiliations since its establishment in 1995. Dale Earnhardt partnered with the owners of the baseball team in 2000. The stadium features six luxury suites with a higher view of the field, Box and Reserved seat sections with chair backs, General Admission bleacher seating and a lush grassy area down the 3rd base line to accommodate the excess crowds. The stadium overall cost $6.8 million, including adjacent property, to construct. Adjusted for inflation it would be around $10.7 million if it were built today.