Public high school receives $10 million for athletics facilities

Public high school receives $10 million for athletics facilities

Jackson Public Schools in Jackson, Michigan, has received a $10 million gift from businessman Al Glick and his family, MLive.com reports.

The gift will fund construction of a multi-purpose indoor fieldhouse, concessions building, and improvements to disabled spectator seating at Withington Stadium. The practice facility will include a weight-training area, a full-width football field, sprint lanes, and batting cages. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

The gift was inspired in part by an $86.7 million bond initiative passed in 2018 that is underwriting a plan to consolidate buildings, build a new school, reopen a vacant school building, and update and secure learning spaces. "[Glick] looked and said what are those things that the bond couldn't buy? What are those things that the bond couldn't do?" Jackson Public Schools superintendent Jeff Beal told MLive.com.

Glick, who co-founded Alro Steel with his brother Robert in 1948, graduated from Jackson High School and was followed there by three generations of the Glick family. The family's support for regional institutions include $3 million to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, $8.7 million to the University of Michigan for a football practice facility, and a number of gifts in support of youth sports in Jackson.

"Our family recognizes the importance of the public school system in the Jackson community," said Glick. "The approval of the Jackson Public School bond in 2018 is an acknowledgment that the community feels the same. It is our hope that the new multi-purpose fieldhouse will be used by many sports and school organizations and, when combined with the JPS bond improvements, will make Jackson High School stand out for generations to come."