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New Reno school named after youth ski program co-founder

April 10, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The newest middle school in Reno is being named after a former teacher, journalist and world-class athlete who helped start a youth ski program in 1948 that’s become the largest of its kind in the country.

The Washoe County School Board voted Tuesday to name the school in the Arrowcreek area south of Reno Marce Herz (MAR’-see HERS) Middle School.

Herz set U.S. and world records in track and field and claimed 16 amateur alpine ski titles. She was the co-founder of the Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program, the oldest and largest non-profit ski and snowboarding program in the U.S., serving more than 100,000 children since its formation on the edge of Mount Rose.

Herz taught school for 10 years and worked at the Reno Evening Gazette before she died of leukemia in 1964 at the age of 52.