Portland Public School’s Roosevelt High School community celebrated the dedication of their newly completed NCAA track during homecoming Oct. 5. The Oct. 5 celebration included a parade, pre-game pep rally, homecoming football game and recognition of community members, special guests and dignitaries.
Although the Roosevelt High track construction is complete and the dedications have taken place, there is still work to do and funds to be raised.
To help the cause, Aszemar Glenn at the Piano and the Aszemar Glenn Band have “stepped up” to provide this opportunity for us to raise the funds still needed for completing the new track for our kids and our community.
Saturday, October 20 at 7pm, you can “help us make it over the hurdle” and support the Track project by enjoying an evening featuring Mr. Glenn and band playing an array of standards and originals. Tickets are $10 and 100% of the ticket sales go to the Track project.
Invite some friends and let’s show what our community can do!!
Aszemar Glenn at the Piano and the Aszemar Glenn Band Eagles Lodge
7611 N. Exeter and Lombard St. (map)
Saturday, October 20
7pm (doors open at 5pm)
Homecoming 2012 took on a whole new meaning last Friday as track and field returned to the Roosevelt High School campus. Roosevelt alums, students, and faculty, along with donors, Portland Public School administrators and the St. Johns TRAC organizers gathered prior to the homecoming football game and celebrated the opening of the new North Portland high school new track and field facility.
A flag procession (featuring the 29 countries ) and a ceremonial lap with past, present and future Roughrider track athletes accompanied a brief medal presentation to TRAC organizers. A great night for football (win!) but also for track, Roosevelt HS and the North Portland community as a whole.
Friday, October 5 marks the commemoration of another milestone in the resurgence of the Roosevelt community.
Roosevelt High School’s sparkling new track and field facility project hit the home stretch during the summer and the construction phase crossed the finish line September 7, 2012. Donors, participants and fans will gather October 5 at 5:30pm, before Roosevelt’s Homecoming football game, for a celebratory lap.
From Michael Bergmann, galvanizing force behind this summer’s efforts:
Come join the St Johns TRAC Commitee, Nike, PPS and the Roosevelt High School Community for the celebration of the most recent phase of this amazing athletic complex.
This is a opportunity to thank our key contributors to the success of the Teddy Roosevelt Athletic Complex, Nike, Andersen Construction, Portland Public Schools, Willamette Valley Track and Field, and Daniels and Cheek Families and the Portland Running Community.
Here’s the before, during and the after construction gallery. Special thanks to Michael Bergmann, Parker Logan Media, and Jeff Martin for capturing the day-by-day images.
At the same time construction is underway on a new state-of-the-art track and field facility is going in on the campus of Oregon State, there is also track that is being built at Roosevelt High School in North Portland. And it’s no less important than the one in Corvallis.
The Roosevelt track project has been orchestrated by Nike employee and Central Catholic track coach Michael Bergmann, but it also involves hundreds — if not thousands — of stakeholders. This week, the steeplechase pit (shown below) was put in.
As the State High School Track & Field meets flash to a finish and the exciting flurry of events in Eugene get underway, Roosevelt TRAC supporters are scrambling to identify “home stretch” donors who can help bring some of that track and field energy to North Portland.
Quietly, commitments toward Phase III – a full-featured, all-weather track and field facility – have piled up and are at a level very close to being able to begin construction THIS SUMMER! Spear [Javelin]–headed, by TRAC Member Michael Bergmann – the $700,000 improvement project is roughly $80,000 short of adding a state-of-the-art oval magnet for kids and community.
Chances are, you’ve helped before. Thousands of generous donors helped complete the new grandstands, press box and artificial surface football/soccer field – or what we like to call, “an incredible catalyst to student attendance, achievement and community economic development.” In just the first year of field use – the Roosevelt HS Football team’s grade point jumped nearly a full point.
Is this magic? No. Coaching and mentors surrounded newly inspired kids and helped them make these gains. But for kids to improve – they have to want to come to school.
Football and soccer reach only a portion of the student and community population. Track & Field has room for anyone and everyone – regardless of size, shape or skill level. Please use the DONATE link on this page to make a gift of ANY amount TODAY. If each of our past donors gives just $20, we will be able to build another gem on the Roosevelt crown.
The St. Johns TRAC volunteer organizing committee proudly invites you to celebrate another important achievement. On Friday, November 5, the Roosevelt Community will converge at 6941 N. Central Street to watch the Home Team Roosevelt Roughriders play their first football game on a new, artificial surface playing field.
6:00PM – 6:40PM – Stadium Gathering and Activities
6:40pm – Formal Dedication Ceremony Begins
7:00pm – Kick-off RHS Football Playoff Game at RHS
New grandstands installed in 2009 and an all-season playing field and press box this fall help punctuate a change in a historic community of Portland. From the youngest students to the oldest old-timers, there is now a sense of optimism for the future — for the school and the neighborhood.
Please join us and feel this change in person! Thank you for your support.
Norm Daniels ’66 and Michael Schrunk ’60
With extraordinary cooperation and support from Portland Public Schools, the City of Portland, and Nike – the St. Johns TRAC project moves forward this Summer and Fall with the installation of a new, synthetic main stadium field surface and press box.
Brockamp-Jaeger Construction has been retained to use every dollar wisely and provide a premium facility for field sports student and adult athletes as soon as possible this Fall. Some scheduled games, practices and activities may need to be re-scheduled to other locations to enable late season construction. Please consult the PIL Website or contact your local sports program administrator before making plans to attend an upcoming event.
Student-athletes and coaches are responding well to delays and inconveniences. They realize this investment is important to a long and successful future for St. Johns students and families. And neighbors have been very understanding as well – realizing the long-term community economic benefits of a top-quality facility in North Portland.
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Homecoming 2010 will again offer many reasons for celebration. Currently, a large-scale Homecoming Celebration is planned for Friday, October 29th. More details can be obtained by contacting Roosevelt HS – 503-916-5260 or Alumni Association President Mike Verbout.
Pending Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith’s announcement on high school redesign plans, the St. Johns TRAC Project has requested that PPS approve TRAC’s Phase II Construction through the Summer of 2010.
Phase II features include:
Track and Field Facilities
Main Stadium Artificial Turf Installation
Press Box at Main Stadium
This is an exciting time for the St. Johns community and will add to the capacity of the school to serve the community and school-aged students in many compelling and important ways for a decade or more.
Thank you donors and friends.
Please let Carole Smith and the Portland Public School Board know that you appreciate their vision for Roosevelt and St. Johns. All can be reached via mail c/o:
501 North Dixon Street
Portland, Oregon 97227-1807