Born in Wooster, OH, Joshua “Josh” Torrence and his family moved to Lexington, SC in 1992. When White Knoll High School opened its doors in August 2000, Josh Torrence was among the students attending the new school and he was immediately chosen to play as an offensive tackle on the first JV football team. He was the ultimate team player and contributed to the team with his generosity, relentless work ethic, positive attitude, and constant concern for the team. In fact, he always had the dirtiest jersey and could always be found in the weight room until it closed working to improve himself. Because of his dedication to the sport, his senior year he became an excellent varsity lineman. Josh also participated in track and field and set some of the school’s earliest records.
Upon graduation, Josh joined another team, the United States Marine Corps. In April 2004, Josh graduated from recruit training at Parris Island, SC and traveled to Camp Pendleton, CA where he was assigned to an amphibious assault vehicle unit. In September 2004, Josh was shipped to Al-Asad, Iraq for duty in the War on Terror. Shortly after arrival, Joshua and his crew members were transferred to Fallujah where he served as Lance Corporal with the 2nd Amphibian Assault Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. While on patrol, Josh lost his life doing what he loved best, being a part of a team and serving his country.
White Knoll High School felt it was only appropriate to dedicate the field house to the memory of the young man who was part of the first student body to enter the school and who was part of the first football team to represent the school on the field of competition. We appreciate the support of the Lexington community in making this dream a reality by raising $160,000 in donations. Many local and national dignitaries, including U.S. Senator John McCain, were present to help dedicate the field house. The dedication ceremony for the Torrence Memorial Field House was held on November 2, 2007.