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RHS renovation on track

All-weather track will be completed next month

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RHS renovation on track

Work on the Ripon High track is ahead of schedule with the installation of the eight-lane all-weather track scheduled for mid-July.

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POSTED June 27, 2014 12:29 a.m.

Stouffer Field will always be called Stouffer Field.

But in order to secure a big chunk of the donation necessary for stadium renovations, the Ripon Unified school board Wednesday complied with the request by the anonymous donor for the facility, unanimously approving the name “Ripon High Stadium and Track.”

“It was the desire of the family that any aspects of the stadium not to be commercialized,” said Stephanie Hobbs, president of the Ripon Community Athletic Foundation. “They want it to be known that (renovation) was a community effort.”

Since its inception in 2007, RCAF has spearheaded the efforts to upgrade the football field, track, bleachers and anything associated with the facility.

Hobbs indicated that it was the family’s wishes to remain anonymous with their generosity to ensure that the stadium renovation effort was made possible by the community.

She estimated the accumulative donation from the family from over the years at about $600,000.

The board action paves the way for the completion of the eight-lane, all-weather surface track. Work has been ongoing at the Ripon High facility since the end of the school year thanks to RCAF and the various businesses.

“We’re actually ahead of schedule,” said Hobbs, who estimates the installation of the all-weather surface track to begin on July 16.

Under the resolution, the RHS facility will continue to be identified as Stouffer Field but the renaming rights of “Ripon High Stadium and Track” will prevent any commercializing of the field, she added.

“That was the family’s wishes,” Hobbs said of the strings-attached resolution. “This (donation) was a community gift and we’re excited about it.”

She added that donations are still needed for other aspects of the project.

“We have to protect our investment,” Hobbs added. “Our (track) hurdles were damaged and are in need of replacement.

“We also need special protection mats (for players to cross over to the field) on the track during football season.”

RCAF is a non-profit organization. Donations can be made by calling 209.599.6861 or logging on to www.rcafsite.com.

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