Larry McKenzie Named as Recipient of 2018 Bush Fellowship

We’re pleased to introduce the recipients of the 2018 Bush Fellowship, a group of 24 determined, adaptable leaders who are driven to improve their communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 to pursue the education and experiences they need to become more effective, agile leaders.

“The 2018 Bush Fellows are exceptional leaders who have made the most of the opportunities in their lives,” says Bush Foundation Leadership Programs Director Anita Patel. “We believe the well-being of our region is directly impacted by investing in individuals who will shape the future. We are betting on the potential of these 24 Fellows to make a significant impact in their communities.”

The Fellowship is distinctive in its flexibility, allowing Fellows to create leadership development plans tailored to their needs and ambitions. Fellows can use the funding to pursue advanced education, networking opportunities, and leadership resources, workshops and trainings.   Read More

Samaritan’s Feet and Movement Mortgage

Media Release (November 10, 2016)

Samaritan’s Feet and Movement Mortgage Distribute Over 350 Pairs of Shoes to Children in Minneapolis as Part of Nationwide Campaign

Samaritan’s Feet International, with the support of Movement Mortgage, is hosting a shoe distribution event on Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Minneapolis North High School. Approximately 350 pre-registered children will receive a new pair of shoes and socks, have their feet washed by Movement mortgage employees, community volunteers, and student athletes from Minneapolis North High School READ MORE…

Minneapolis North High Is on a Major Rebound

WCCO (August 31, 2016)

It is the first week back to school in Minneapolis, and there is a buzz about North High School that’s all good. The school had just 62 students enrolled five years ago, and there was talk of shutting it down — but the community fought back. More than 400 students are enrolled at North High this year. A mix of academics and athletics is making the school an attractive option. READ MORE and WATCH…

Tevlin: Group seeks to reunite Jews with their north Minneapolis history

Star Tribune (July 26, 2016)

The colors for Minneapolis North High School are blue and white, same as the Israeli flag. This is not a coincidence, says Jane Barrash, who has taught the school’s state championship basketball team meditation, relaxation techniques and positive thinking for three years.

The Polars basketball team also plays in Jacobi gym. It doesn’t get much more Jewish than that, said Barrash, who has launched an effort to reconnect Jewish people who grew up on the North Side with their old neighborhood in an effort to build awareness of and support for North High, and north Minneapolis more generally.READ MORE…

Northsiders resist surge in gun violence

MSR News Online (June 6, 2016)

After several shootings in North Minneapolis during the month of April of this year, crime statistics show that violent crime has increased by 11 percent over last year at this time. If you think the residents of North Minneapolis are accepting this violence, then guess again. Saturday, June 4, from 10 am to 4 pm marked the 7th annual “Stop the Violence March” and rally. READ MORE…

Minneapolis North fulfills expectations

Three years ago, Tyler Johnson, Isaac Johnson, O’ Dell Wilson IV and Jamil Jackson Jr. were the foursome that was going to lead Minneapolis North back to the Promised Land. They were going to restore the memories of dominance in the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.

Their coach, Larry McKenzie, was new to North but an accomplished veteran — winning four consecutive Class 3A titles at Minneapolis Patrick Henry from 1999-2002 — who had just finished a short stint at Holy Angels.

Expectations were high. The Polars were talented but young. READ MORE…

Minneapolis North rebuilding basketball legacy after Class A championship win

KMSP (April 10, 2016)

They built a basketball legacy in the 1990s, but low enrollment and the near closure of North High School in 2010 took a toll on the program. But after nabbing a state championship title last month, many say the school is on the rise again. “For us to end the season on a win, it feels good. I can’t explain it,” Senior Jamil Jackson said. Winning is something North High’s boys basketball team does well.

“From 1980 on, Minneapolis North dominated basketball, one of the best programs in the state,” Coach Larry McKenzie said. But for the last 13 years, there hasn’t been much to celebrate. The school went down from 1,700 kids to roughly 60 to 70 kids,” McKenzie said. “What was traditional a great program with a big legacy had dropped off the map.” Now the basketball program is having a resurgence and the school is academically on the rise as well. “This is the beginning of a new era for the North High,” Jackson said. READ MORE…

Community Swells With Pride As Polar’s Win State Hoops Title

Insight News (March 22, 2016)

A school that was on the chopping blocks four years ago can now again call itself a champion. The Polars of North Community High School are state champions in Class 1A boys basketball following a 68 – 45 win in the title game over Goodhue, March 12 at the Target Center. In a bit of irony, just four years ago when North was set to close, enrollment at the school was just 68 students – one student per point scored by the Polars in the championship game.

Now, thanks to protests and community pushback, North’s enrollment is just above 300, graduation rates are up 28 percent and 90 percent of the school’s seniors are slated to graduate in a couple of months. “Nine out of the 12 kids on this team are on the A and B honor roll; that’s what I’m most proud of,” said North head coach, Larry McKenzie. “Four of our five starters are on the honor roll. We have three seniors who are going to college next year. That’s what this is all about. These are student athletes in every sense of the word.” READ MORE…