Burke High School Stadium Renovation and Facilities Update


As alumni, we look back at our Burke experiences that helped shape who’ve we become today – our friends, our teachers, our activities. Together, we all have great school pride. Together, we can help future generations have memorable experiences and the same Burke pride.

Cheering from the stands, marching or running on the field, jumping in the sandpits and racing around the track, whether you’re a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation member of the Burke family, the stadium holds a lot of memories of our time spent there as athletes, musicians, performers and spectators.


Richard and Karen King lead their family with a Burke legacy spanning over 40 years, two generations and 12 family members. Their children: Debi (1979 grad and current English teacher), Rick (1981) and Rob (1988) continue the family tradition. Together, they have invested numerous volunteer hours by serving as the journalism sponsor, yearbook sponsor, Senior Senate sponsor, running the football scoreboard, providing ACT prep, serving as PTO President and co-chairs Burke Bash for the past 3 years. King Insurance, founded by Richard with Rick as the current President, has also been a Burke Bash corporate sponsor over the years.

Join the Kings and the Burke Family of Champions to help create memories for future Burke Bulldogs!


Now it’s time to give the stadium our support, as alumni, so it can continue to create memories for many more generations to come.

Thanks to the generosity of Burke alumni and sisters, Amy Scott, Karen Dixon (Scott) and Sandy Parker (Scott), a Burke alumni challenge has been created to support the Stadium Renovation Project.

BY OCTOBER 31, 2019,

1. Raise $600,000

2. Recruit 100 new Alumni donors

$300,000 WILL BE MATCHED by the Scott sisters for the Stadium Renovation Project

To learn more about the Project and Donate go to:

Benson High School Career Academy Plan

On February 4, 2015, Omaha Benson High Magnet Principal, Anita Harkins, presented a plan to the Omaha Public Schools Board to revitalize the school through the pursuit of a complete Career Academy Plan.   The cost of the project is $1.5m.  All of the Academy programs have been structured to meet the National Career Academy Coalition Standards of Practice.

These include: Freshman Academy: a horizontal cohort of 2 teams with Social Studies, English, Math, Science, GPS and a Special Education cohort; Health Professions: Vertical cohorts of core areas and Foundations; Business and Entrepreneurship: Vertical cohorts of core areas and Foundations; and Construction and Design: Vertical cohorts of core areas and Foundations.  12th grade is still being designed based on student choice and availability of work-based learning experiences, including internships.

The latter three academies include dual enrollment opportunities.  Health Professions has partnered with the University of NE Medical Center.  Business and Entrepreneurship will do work-based learning with the high school store, First National Bank and the Mastercraft Scooters Coffee Shop. Construction and Design will have work-based learning opportunities with area skilled labor unions/firms.

South High School Visual and Performing Arts Addition

On March 2, 2015, Omaha South High Magnet Principal, Ruben Cano, presented a plan to the Board to build an addition on to the school supporting Visual and Performing Arts.  The addition will further expand opportunities for student training (artistic and technical) and encourage students to pursue careers in the arts.

The cost of the project is $12m.  Rapid and increased growth in the school’s population has impacted the ability to effectively provide the necessary space supporting the magnet theme of the arts.  Additional space is projected to increase opportunities for students in dance and piano by approximately 50%.   Due to capacity challenges in the 13-14 school year, a substantial number of students were unable to participate in the performing arts pathway.  Approximately, 70% of the 2,300 students at South participate in at least one class in the visual and performing arts and an estimated 35% of the student body takes two or more classes.

The proposed addition will be a multi-story structure with classrooms, dressing rooms, art studios and labs that will allow for growth in the following programs: dance, pottery, film, technology, instrumental music, music-theory and studio art.

Bryan High School Capital Campaign

Bryan is currently the only Omaha Public School to have an agricultural program and will soon become the largest FFA chapter in the state of Nebraska. In this academy, students utilize knowledge of both urban and traditional agriculture to be innovators in their field and positive members in the community. Agricultural themes are incorporated into their core coursework such as plant and animal science and food production. Students participate in various competitions and regularly attend field trips and conferences across the state. Vegetable and fruit gardens are managed by the students along with other landscaping projects throughout the campus.

Bryan High School Urban Agriculture

Urban AgroBox at Bryan High School

Bryan High School has embarked on a capital campaign to raise funds to build a greenhouse along with additional classrooms to accommodate more students and lab space for their food science program. Please consider a contribution to help them reach their goal.