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Reagan High School ground breaking gets construction underway

Reagan groud breakingReagan High School will soon begin work on expansions to the school and athletic facilities. MPS hosted a ground breaking ceremony on September 7, 2022, to unveil the upcoming projects to neighbors, media, and the community.

The many improvements are divided into three phases. With funding secured through MPS ESSER funds, MPS Recreation, school fundraising, and private philanthropy, Phase I construction is ready to begin. The school and the district will continue their efforts to secure funds for Phases II and III.

Phase I

Science wing addition with labs
Gymnasium addition including hardwood floor, bleachers, audio system, and more
New team locker rooms
Large lobby, concessions stand, and bathrooms
Six tennis courts

Phase II

Fitness center addition
Construction of soccer field and two additional tennis courts
Storage space, parking lot, and stormwater management

Phase III

Construction of field house with turf athletic field

MPS administration, staff, and students are grateful to those who worked hard at fundraising and for the generous donations of community members that will make these projects possible. Reagan students, families, and staff are excited to see these projects get underway. “The new science wing will inspire more students to pursue STEM careers by allowing us to prepare them for university-level work,” said Joshua Putnam, Reagan’s science department chair. “High-quality facilities serving dedicated students is a formula for absolute success!”

New athletic facilities will provide dedicated spaces for athletes to train and compete. The wrestling team currently practices in the cafeteria, cheerleaders practice in a hallway, and the campus has no track available for training track and field athletes. “This expansion will allow our student athletes to train and compete year-round on campus, a luxury other schools take for granted,” said Keith Mayer, Reagan’s athletic director. “We've always had amazing students doing incredible things here. This expansion will build off that foundation, catapulting our athletes to the next level.”

Cost for the three phases is estimated at approximately $25 million. The district has committed $9.9 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds and the school has engaged in additional fundraising, having secured approximately $10 million to date. MPS will be making improvements across the district using more than $700 million in ESSER funding allocated in 2020 and 2021.

Ronald Wilson Reagan International Baccalaureate High School is located at 4965 S. 20th St., Milwaukee, 53221. The school is ranked number 16 among top high schools in Wisconsin according to U.S. News and World Report.



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