Grass is a thing of the past nowadays.
Dozens of high schools have shelved their mowers in favor of the fine feel of synthetic turf, which is capable of sustaining so much more play than the natural stuff.
In the CSL, several schools, such as Maine South and Niles North, have installed the surface, capable of hosting P.E. classes during the day and multiple athletic events after school.
Even with rain, the game goes on — the same day — with this state-of-the-art turf.
Which brings me to New Trier.
Although I’m new to the area, I’ve heard from a handful of people about their unhappiness with the facilities at the North Shore school, which resides in one of the wealthiest districts in the state, if not the richest.
People close to New Trier’s athletic programs probably wonder why Evanston gets this magic grass and the Trevians don’t. While New Trier maintains two campuses, all of them, to my knowledge, have real grass.
Good times if you’re a landscaper.
Because New Trier has so many students who play so many sports, including extra sports like boys and girls lacrosse and field hockey, it’s baffling that the community hasn’t gotten this accomplished.
I mean, it’s cool to be old school, but a new class is in session.