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Ramirez Family Foundation

It was almost exactly six years ago when Gus Ramirez gave me a tour of the new St. Augustine Prep school building on Milwaukee’s south side. It was the day before the first school day ever for Aug Prep, as it is often called. 

Well-designed classrooms, ample space, a huge swimming pool with an accompanying diving pool, a gymnasium large enough for three full basketball courts — all was in readiness. Ramirez and his family had picked up the tab for just about all of it, to the tune of at least $50 million.

As we walked along a corridor, I said that it was a great facility. Ramirez stopped, fixed his eyes on me, and said: “That doesn’t matter unless there are great results.”

Great results? What a concept.

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