Riverside girls track team to cut ribbon on new track Saturday

UPDATE: Photos and a video from the event are posted below.

Set for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 12 at school; track had not been upgraded since 1977

MILWAUKEE — The girls track team from Milwaukee Public Schools’ Riverside University High School (RUHS) will cut the ribbon Saturday on the school’s brand-new track.

RUHS’ girls track team won the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division I title in 2012 and finished fifth in the state in 2013.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 behind the school on Milwaukee’s east side, 1615 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee 53211.

Guests expected to attend include: Larry Miller of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors; MPS Superintendent Gregory Thornton; MPS Athletics Commissioner Bill Molbeck; and Milwaukee Aldermen Nik Kovac and Ashanti Hamilton, both graduates of the school.

MPS worked with partners including Milwaukee County and the Urban Ecology Center to restore the neighborhood amenity, which has not been upgraded since an addition to Riverside was constructed in 1977.

The track had deteriorated to the point of being practically unusable. Funding for the upgrade came from MPS’ Construction Fund.

“This is a great asset for our students and our community,” said RUHS Principal Michael Harris, himself a graduate of the school.

Dr. Thornton said that athletic opportunities are “a critical part of a well-rounded education for the district’s students.”

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