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DPS Office of Athletics
Western International High’s Kenny Rubbet plays basketball, but that sport doesn’t drive the 5-3 point guard when he thinks of his future.
“It used to be basketball, but now it’s running,” says Rubbet, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. “My goal is to get a full-ride scholarship and go off to Florida to run track. It has to be someplace where it’s hot so I can run outside the whole year.”
Despite cold and windy weather through the early part of the PSL track season, Rubbet has run well enough to establish himself as one of the league’s top runners in the 1600 meters and 800 meters. He also excels in the classroom with a 3.5 grade point average.
“Kenny is a dedicated runner,” said Western boys’ track coach Tony Dudley. “He’s the smallest guy we have but he’s the hardest worker. He’s a great student and he loves to run.”
Rubbet, who won the 1600 and 800 in this week’s six-team dual meet at Northwestern High, embraced running as his main sport last fall after he made the PSL boys’ cross country All-City team, placing fourth.
“His specialty is the mile (1600),” Dudley says. “He got a taste of competing in the regional last year and he wants to go back and make it to the state. His best time is 4:55 but he wants to get it down to 4:30. That’s a lofty goal. But he’s a junior with another year to go, so he has time.”
Rubbet, who works the concession stand at Western athletic events when he’s not competing, says he’s humbled by being named PSLer of the Week and motivated to keep doing better. “I really appreciate being recognized for doing something really good,” he said.
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes and is sponsored by Detroit area McDonald’s owner-operators.