SWOC Spotlight: Ross Rams


Ross Local Schools Installs New Synthetic Turf Surface

The Ross Local School District and Ross Athletic Boosters partnered with the Motz Group, First Financial Bank, and the Hamilton Community Foundation to install a multi-purpose synthetic turf field this summer as Phase 1 of the larger Ross Community Activity Complex project.

During a six-month capital campaign, both corporate and community donors contributed nearly $500,000 in an effort to consolidate the existing grass football and soccer game fields into one synthetic turf surface at the current stadium.  

The Ross Band of Class and other co-curricular activities will benefit from the all-weather surface as well.  In fact, the award-winning marching band could potentially host competitions in the future with this facility upgrade.  The field will also be available for many community-based activities and rental.   

Watson Gravel, headquartered in Ross, dedicated substantial services to the installation process and large corporate donors included the Ross Athletic Boosters, Rumpke, and the Hamilton Community Foundation.


Ross High School Hosts #BetterTogether Day

On May 3rd, 2019, The RHS Student Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.) hosted #BetterTogether Day to promote togetherness and emphasize community as part of district-wide efforts to support students and staff of Ross Local Schools.

The day’s activities included special guest speakers Pastor Shaq, the 2018 Hamilton Citizen of the Year (@pastorshaq) and Jerome Marsh of WeGotWorkToDo (@jerome_marsh).  The National Alliance on Mental Illness also delivered presentations entitled “Ending the Silence,” aimed at eliminating teen suicide from our society.

Students also viewed the documentary I AM and discussed the impact of togetherness in our world, as well as created chalk banners of positivity and a giant mosaic #BetterTogether banner.



Student Athlete Leadership Team Named OSBA Outstanding New Program 

The Ross Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) was named a 2019 Outstanding New Program by the Ohio School Board Association of Southwest Ohio.  SALT consists of student athletes in grades 7-12 who want to have an impact in their community beyond athletics.  The group meets on a monthly basis at both the middle school and high school, and regularly works to hone leadership skills and contribute to a variety of community causes.