Lindsey Perkins RHS Alumni
The stadium project would mean so much for the girls soccer program at Ripon High School. It will make them feel more a part of the school’s sports program by having an actual HOME field. When I was in high school we played at Parkview Elementary School. I feel like if we were able to play at Ripon High we would have had more support from schoolmates. I know that we were always shut down when we tried to get the school to approve us to play on the football field and that really hurt us as a team and made us feel unimportant even though we were consistently a winning team.
Amanda Quimby RHS Graduate
It is about time the exceptional athletes at Ripon High get their much needed renovated stadium. The fact that not only Ripon High, but also youth sports and Ripon Christian use the facilities is hands down reason to get this project done immediately. Ripon athletics are known throughout the valley and it is about time that their facilities are known for being great too (and not an injury trap).
Missy Castro, Class of 1997
As a former Ripon High track athlete, I know what it’s like first-hand (or first-foot, rather) to train and compete on the current dirt track on campus. It possesses a great deal of safety hazards and must be maintained constantly to be in proper training and competing condition. To have the alternative, the all-weather solution that this campaign is aiming for, would be a most sound investment. To invest in the performance of Ripon High’s outstanding athletic program for years to come honors those of us who have put in countless hours on that field and to those like Mrs. Hobbs who have been working to make this happen for so long. If there was ever a time to get the ball rolling, it is most definitely now.
Lindsay Heise, Ripon High School Class of 2007
Looking back on the final semester of my college year, many adjectives spring to mind…memorable, fun, exciting, challenging, etc…however, the adjective that stands in the boldest font is BUSY. That semester I was enrolled in 8 classes running from 6:45 AM to 3 PM, wore a girl’s Varsity Soccer captain band around my arm, and snagged a lead in the Spring Musical. On paper it all sounded fabulous, but on the clock, it was not nearly as pretty. As a student without a car, getting from the high school to Park View for Soccer practice, and then having to head straight back to the high school for musical rehearsal was the most challenging and tedious part. The time it took to wait for the bus took all my down time, and the lack of locker room facilities at Park View forced me to make shift showers in the RHS multi-purpose room, so as not to stink my cast-mates off the stage (pathetic, I know)! My day would come to an end at 11 PM…and let me tell you, a 6:45 to 11 PM school day without any pauses to breathe can begin to feel like a workday with a wild work route. Having a home field my senior year would have given me that stability and a chance to breathe as I moved from one activity to the next. Having a home field would have given me a home advantage, maybe would have given me a better chance to do it all (including the ability to take a proper, hot shower).
Lindsey Perkins RHS Graduate
It would only further enhance the safety, health, and well being of our youth, and our community as a whole to have a new improved track and field at Ripon High. The stadium is a very vital part of our community, providing a common ground for so much more than sports.
Michelle Harris, Ripon
I’ve participated in track and field three of the four years of high school, and each year the track becomes worse. I have, along with many other track members, developed injuries because of the condition the track is in now. It would benefit Ripon High by decreasing the amount of injuries.
Jordan Carmona, Ripon High School Student
I had P.E. last year, and now this year, and the track gets worse and worse. And on top of that it causes injuries. The track is uneven and hard. Every time I run the mile it is harder to get a good time.
Maria Navarro, Ripon High School Student
Through my two, upcoming three years of track, I’ve noticed that the track hasn’t been getting any better. It has caused injuries and it hurts to run on. It would benefit the track team by us developing fast times and, as a hurdler, I would know the exact measurements to put the hurdle instead of guessing.
Taylor Spence, Ripon High Student
I have now done Cross Country for two years and practices on the track are miserable because of holes and just the bad condition of the track that keeps getting worse each year. A new track would not only benefit the Cross Country Team, but also Track and Field and the P.E. classes.
Ana Hermosillo, Ripon High Student
“The new track would help Ripon High immensely, not only with the track team performance but also with our physical health.”
Coryn Hernandez, RHS Alumni
“With the new track, our team could enhance our performance. For half the season, our track was flooded causing our workouts to be limited.”
Jordan Carmona, RHS Student
“With a new and improved track and field for Ripon High the morale would be pumped up. More people would want to go to the games and events. Not only that though, the new track and field would be an all around better place for athletes to compete on. With the field and track now there are many holes, dried grass, and uneven surfaces, which harm Ripon High’s athletes and also others. New is better and it would be such an improvement in the athletics for soccer, football, and track.”
Symone Ramirez, RHS
“I am a former track and field thrower from RHS. The one year I did track, I witnessed many injuries from the rough rocky dirt-surfaced track. It would definitely be a very nice improvement, considering most of the athlete’s families end up spending a rather large amount of money for their child’s injuries. I strongly believe that this new track will make a big difference. Please take this into serious consideration, and save these athletes, so that we can still have a track team who is healthy, and ready to compete! Thank you.”
Amanda Crandall, RHS Alumni
“A new track and field would mean a lot. For football it would save us from a bad field, for soccer it would mean a field to play on. I personally do shotput and discus in track and field. Although it doesn’t seem like a demanding sport every bit helps. Thanks for the consideration”
Connor J. Spence RHS Alumni
“Sadly, I will not be attending RHS when the new track begins and finishes construction, but having a new stadium and all-weather track will benefit the school and community immensely. That is why I’m not supporting this project with hopes of benefiting myself, but because I truly believe in the goal and intents of this project. Possessing a new and modernized stadium, field, and track will encourage new students to participate in athletics. Also, residents within Ripon will actually want to go there for workouts. I feel that such a project will definitely motivate athletes of multiple sports. Benefits will be on the both the school level and community level.”
Eileen Shiu, RHS
“Unfortunately, I won’t get to use the all-weather track, but I know it will benefit others. I have stress fractures in both of my feet, and a new track will save others, high school students and community members, the pain I’ve experienced.”
Alicia McPherson RHS Alumni
“The track may seem like it’s usable, but truth be told, it’s going to hurt someone. We need a change…fast!”
Joaquin Lewis, RHS Alumni