Alumni Spotlight: Eric Ranchau

Eric RanchauBrookfield Central Class of 2013

Eric Ranchau is a 2013 Lancer graduate that has worked for the District for 4 years and will soon be attending the police academy.

Ranchau's journey through Elmbrook took him from Swanson Elementary to Wisconsin Hills Middle School and ultimately Brookfield Central High School. During his time at Central, he was a part of the Lancer Leaders, the Varsity Football team, and Varsity Baseball. "What I appreciated most is how hard the teachers worked to help you succeed," said Ranchau. "They worked to meet the individual needs of each and every student to make us our best possible selves."

From teaching to coaching, Ranchau expressed admiration for a number of Elmbrook staff including Coach Bigler, Coach Mierow, Mrs. Rink, Bob Fuchs, and the entire coaching staff of the varsity baseball team. "These are people that I looked up to and they respected me not only as a student, but as a baseball player and as a person," reflected Ranchau. "The responsibility and tough love that they gave me and the opportunities I had to explore my passions helped to mold me into the man I am today."

After graduating from BCHS in 2013, Ranchau continued his education at Concordia University of Wisconsin (CUW) where he majored in Criminal Justice. While at CUW, Eric was actively involved on the Varsity Baseball team and also began volunteering at the Whitefish Bay Police Department as an Auxiliary Officer.

During the summer of 2013, he began working on the Elmbrook Schools Grounds Crew. "The variety of jobs you partake in, the amount of skills you learn, and the amazing people you work with and meet along the way have made my experience working for Elmbrook an incredible one," Eric noted.

Eric graduated from Concordia in May of 2017 and today he continues to work for Elmbrook and is applying for enrollment in local police academies with a bright future ahead.

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