TOLEDO - Forrest Wallace was the State Champion in the high jump in 2014. A Toledo High School graduate, Forrest went on to EWU where he continues to compete in the high jump. Forrest spent the first part of his freshman year at EWU learning to high jump all over again. Why? Because he'd learned to jump using a horse stall pad at THS. This caused his form to be less efficient and was hindering his progress as an athlete. Forrest was limited by the lack of competitive track and field facilities at THS.
The current stadium facility was built using interest earned from the 1995 capital bond. The community came together to create the current facility, but did not have enough resources to install a track and field facility. The hope was that the community would finish the facility in future years.
Currently, Toledo High School cannot host a home track meet. During the season, the track area has a number of large puddles that block the inside lanes. There is no pole vault pit and athletes still jump off of horse mats in the high jump. The long jump runway is an uneven rubber carpet over dirt.
Toledo is one of two districts in Lewis County without a track and field facility. Toledo's team often practices at the Onalaska facility. Transportation for practice and meets cost the district over $4000 in 2016. A competitive track and field facility is proposed on the bond in November. Cost of the project is estimated at $600,000.
This translates to a tax rate of $.09/1000 assessed value.
For more information on the bond and the projects it will fund, please contact Chris Rust at 360.864.6325 during business hours.