Newberg is a city in Yamhill County, Oregon, United States. Located in the Portland metropolitan area, the city is home to George Fox University. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,110  making it the second most populous city in the county. Newberg was one of the first communities in Oregon to hold Quaker services. It was incorporated as a city in 1889. The city's oldest surviving newspaper, The Newberg Graphic, was established Dec. 1, 1888. Friends Pacific Academy, renamed Pacific College in 1891 and then George Fox University in 1949, was founded by the Quakers in 1885. George Fox University is classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university and "Best Value" school. The campus resides in the center of the city, surrounded by university-owned housing.
Curtis and Margaret Morse Athletic Complex
The university's baseball and softball teams have played home games at this complex, located across from the Wheeler Sports Center on Fulton Street and Villa Road, since 1989. The baseball field has bleachers with seating for 250 and a brand new full-scale electronic scoreboard, while the softball field has seating for 100 and a brand new full-scale electronic scoreboard. Fundraising is underway for further renovation of the facility.
Located across from the Wheeler Sports Center on Fulton Street and Villa Road on the northeast corner of the campus, the complex was renovated using a major donation from Curtis and Margaret Morse, avid supporters of Bruin athletics. The Morse family has had a long association with George Fox, with four generations of the family having attended the Newberg School.
The baseball facility received a new look in 2016 after a two-year fundraising mission brought in artificial turf in the infield. The Bruins are now the fourth team in the Northwest Conference to shift away from natural grass.
After groundbreaking on July 11, 2016, crews removed the grass and topsoil, leveling the field for the installation of Diamond Series artificial turf, which will cover the infield, outfield apron and bullpens. The Diamond Series turf is made specifically for baseball fields and George Fox will be the first and only Division-III school on the west coast with the surface.
The softball field is currently under renovation and will be completed for the 2018 season.
Fundraising efforts are still underway for a further renovation of the Morse Athletic Fields that will eventually result in increased and improved seating, and lights for night games, placing the Bruins' home facilities among the best in the nation at the Division III level.