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.