McDowell High School will retire Johnny Heubel's #23 jersey from the football program, Millcreek Township School District announced Friday.

This decision comes after several meetings between the district, community members and Heubel's loved ones.

Discussions are also underway to plan a jersey retirement recognition.

The school district said it considered the balance between honoring a student who suffered a life-altering injury while enrolled and considering what is best for the future of our athletic program.

The district plans to create an official policy for the future retirement of athletic jerseys by the end of the current school year.