RUTH ANN BURKE

2023 NOMINEE – MERITORIOUS SERVICE

Peters Township High School

    Served as Peters Township High School’s head coach in the following girls sports: track and field, basketball, volleyball, tennis and golf.
    Dedicated throughout her career to physical education and women’s sports She did a study at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland.
    Burke was a leader in forming the Western Pennsylvania Girls Athletic League (WPGAL), which is believed to be the first organized interscholastic girls’ competition of its kind.
    In 1973 she became the first female on the WPIAL Board of Control, representing female athletics.
    She served 10 years on the WPIAL BOC and served on the PIAA Steering Committee, representing female athletics.
    Burke was the recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Sports Lifetime Achievement Award.
    She was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in 2022.

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