When Jack McGrory heard the rumor six months ago that La Jolla High School tennis courts were going to be closed to the public, he launched a campaign with other residents to get them back.
“I was concerned, and obviously a lot of other tennis players were concerned ... those tennis courts have had a very long story of public use,” McGrory said. “My kids grew up playing on those courts before they actually went to the high school. The courts are a very important part of the whole tennis infrastructure in the La Jolla community,” he said.
With the blessing of the La Jolla High School Foundation, McGrory started a fundraising campaign to improve the high school tennis courts for all, which has thus far has produced $23,000. The goal is $75,000, and to achieve that number, the group is hosting an event 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 15 at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. Tickets are $10. Food will be offered and drinks will be available for purchase.
“We’re going to put a lot of pressure on a lot of people,” McGrory laughed. A collection of old pictures from LA Jolla High graduates and tennis player will be shown at the event. “We have a lot of historic photographs ... so many people, women and men, will want to see what they looked like in high school,” he said.
The six school tennis courts have since been reopened to the public on a first-come, first served-basis, which makes them easily and readily available, McGrory said. “They were closed during construction in the area during the earlier part of the year, and the rumor was they were not going to open them back again.”
Funds raised will be used to improve the court conditions, a promise McGrory used as leverage to get the facilities re-opened. The plan is to pay for new windshields with the Vikings logo, install new shade structures between the courts, tend to the nets, and complete a full-on resurfacing of the installations.
“We should have a top-notch tennis club court at La Jolla High that assures the high-quality tennis tradition there that will be accessible for future generations,” he said.
The courts have priority access for the students during class hours, but then they are open to the community after hours and weekends.
To attend the fundraiser, RSVP via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone unable to attend can still contribute to tennis court improvements through The Fountain of La Jolla High School: foundationofljhs.com