A piece of Ripon Middle School will survive the 77-year-old building’s upcoming demolition, if some alumni have their way.
A committee comprised largely of former Ripon Middle School students met last week to consider ways to incorporate fixtures from the school into a pavilion they’d like to see constructed southwest of the team building off St. Wenceslaus Street.
The committee is chaired by retired Ripon teacher Sue Mokler and includes eight alumni representing classes from ’72 to ’11, Superintendent Mary Whitrock, and Peter Sensenbrenner, president of the Ripon Education Foundation.
Architect Nick Kent of Plunkett Raysich Architects told committee members via phone call that the proposed pavilion has been sited on northeast corner of the middle school site adjacent to new parking lot across from Ingalls Field.
“This is very convenient to the events that will happen over on the football field so it’s a pretty close walk for halftime or events that might happen before, during or after games,” Kent said. “And it’s convenient to parking spaces, so if you were to hold a tailgating event, you could do it.”
He explained that he had been charged with identifying artifacts from the existing middle school building that could be preserved in the pavilion “as a sort of memorial [to] the building that will be no more.”