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Take Me Out . . . to the Suburbs?

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Regarding Ben Joravsky's article on Lane's students (along with other Chicago high schools) practicing in the hallways [The Works, April 20], perhaps he'd like further supportive information:

My son is on Lane's sophomore baseball team. All the public schools we've played have been on Chicago Park District fields, mostly dirt infields. All the Chicago Catholic schools we've played have been on their own well-constructed and well-kept fields--all grass infields. All the suburban schools we've played have also been on their own beautifully kept fields. The same was true for basketball. The Chicago Catholic schools had magnificent facilities, with indoor tracks, fully equipped weight rooms, spacious wrestling rooms, etc, as well as large basketball courts. Public schools had small spartan gyms.

Lane is one of two public schools about which I know who have their own baseball field. Clemente is the other and I understand it is state-of-the-art, rumored to have cost one million dollars. Our field doubles as the football practice field during the summer and fall so is in horrible shape. The varsity baseball team has won the city championship the past two years, losing by one run in the state playoffs last year to St. Patrick's, who lost in the state championship game. And our outfield is all dirt, replete with stones, rocks, glass, and holes--no grass.

We're attempting to reconstruct the outfield this spring so currently our field is unavailable. But we do it by begging for dirt, a volunteer construction/landscaping company to grade the field, and either seed for grass or sod. The pro bono construction company stopped work midstream apparently because of remunerative work elsewhere, so the field remains ungraded, and unplayable, resulting in our canceling several games.

Allan Rohlfs

Chicago parent

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