Omaha Public Schools, Partners Advance Work at Burke Stadium Following 2024 State Track & Field Meet

The 124th Nebraska High School State Track & Field Championships will take place at Burke Stadium from May 15 through May 18, 2024. It is the 53rd year Omaha Public Schools and Burke High have proudly hosted the event.

Following the conclusion of this year’s championships, Burke Stadium will close through the summer, fall and winter of the 2024-25 school year for significant renovations and upgrades. Areas of focus include the competition track surface, concourse, restrooms and press box.

The investment from alumni, philanthropic partners, the Omaha Public Schools Foundation and Omaha Public Schools will total nearly $8 million.

“We are excited to see partnerships make a difference for students, families and our community,” said Omaha Public Schools Chief Operations Officer Charles Wakefield. “This is another step forward, ensuring that Burke High remains the long-term home of Nebraska’s State Track & Field Championships.”

Omaha Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Toba Cohen-Dunning added, “The Omaha Public Schools Foundation has been a proud partner of Omaha Public Schools and the Burke Alumni Association since the beginning stages of the renovation project. We are thrilled to see the upcoming improvements made for future generations of student athletes.”

To accommodate construction work, events like the Omaha Marching Invitational, and Westview and Burke High football home games will be moved to nearby stadiums in Omaha Public Schools during fall 2024.



Art at Prairie Wind

Prairie Wind’s Lindsay Hueftle’s goal as an OPS art teacher is to give her students a deeper glimpse into the art world by providing a wider range of mediums for them to use. The OPS art curriculum includes a main theme for each grade level. She hopes to further develop those themes using textiles. Exposing students to different textiles such as cloth, fibers, and filaments can encourage greater engagement in the classroom. By creating projects with textiles in addition to other art media, students will gain greater interest through sensory learning, will be encouraged to think creatively, and will also gain real-life skills.

Not only do these projects teach art skills but the students will also learn reading, science, and social studies connections as well as improve their fine motor skills across all levels for many years and projects to come.

Lindsay is asking for your help to purchase additional art supplies for her classroom.

Please consider a donation.

Jump on the Central Band Wagon!

OPS Central High Band

Dear Band Members and Parents,

Our Central High School Band is one of the finest in the state of Nebraska. It is the goal of the Central Band Parent Organization to provide an opportunity for every student to participate in the Central High School Band program.

We hope to build an endowment that will ensure that financial need is not a barrier preventing a student from participating in Marching Band.

When the need arises, financial assistance for instrument repair, uniform need may be available to every student when based on a recommendation by staff and parents.

Please consider a donation to the Central High School Band Program today using the secure donation form below. You can also send a check, clearly designated for the Central Band Program, to:

Omaha Public Schools Foundation
Toba Cohen-Dunning
3861 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68131