The Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council partnered with the Toledo Public Schools to help out the athletic department at Waite High School.
The Building Trades, which has partnered with the school district on a number of projects, made a monetary donation for a flagpole and marker located at the new Mark B. Welker Athletic Complex at Waite High School.
The marker reads:
The Mark B. Welker Athletic Complex
made possible by Toledo Public Schools
and the loyal generosity of the Alumni and Friends of
Morrison R. Waite High School
Dedicated Thursday, April 14, 2016
The American Flag Pole is presented by
Northwestern Ohio Building Trades
In honor of all Waite Alumni who have proudly
served in our United States Armed Forces to insure our
life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
The marker contains the Waite logo and the emblems of all the Armed Forces branches.
The complex is named after Mark B. Welker (Waite class of 1941), a three-sport standout athlete and World War II veteran who, taught for more than 30 years at his alma mater coaching football, basketball and baseball.
Last year, the schools made a land swap with the city, trading the former Leverette Junior High School site, which includes a gymnasium, for Optimist Park.
The school district spared the relatively newly built Leverette gym from the wrecking ball when the school was close and demolished. Now owned by the city, the gym is being utilized by the Police Athletic League for boxing.
Waite High School converted the former city park into an athletic complex that is home to Diane Rich Field, a softball diamond for the girls fast-pitch team. This ballfield will help the school meet Title IX obligations because the boys baseball team currently plays on a field located on high school property.
Rich was a former teacher at Waite who coached basketball, track, tennis and volleyball. In 2012, she was inducted into the Toledo City League Hall of Fame.
Future additions to the park will include tennis courts and basketball courts.
The Northwest Ohio Building Trades proudly support TPS and wish the athletes who play on Rich Field the best of luck.