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Grossmont Union High School District Dedicates New Auto Shop at Grossmont High School

EL CAJON, CALIF. – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that construction has been completed on a new 6,764-square-foot Career Technical Education (CTE) facility for automotive technology on the campus of Grossmont High School in El Cajon. A building dedication event was held for the new facility on Monday, May 5.

With a construction cost of $2.15 million, the new auto shop is constructed primarily of concrete block and features seven lift stations, wheel alignment rack, dynamometer, wheel-changing station, welding area, bead-blasting equipment, standard classroom and a small engines lab. Each station has power, compressed air, water services and exhaust handling systems. The facility includes an additional 5,456 square feet of yard space with a wash rack, enclosed by fencing and a 10-foot-tall block wall.

The old, outdated auto shop facility will be demolished this summer.

The building dedication was attended by GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson, Grossmont High School Principal Dan Barnes and Hunter Jackson, a representative of State Senator Joel Anderson, who presented the school with a commemorative certificate. Current GHS auto students were joined by Travis Polo, a GHS alumnus who is now shop foreman with Toyota Certified of Santee.

Proposition U is a $417 million general obligation bond measure passed by voters in November 2008. When combined with projected state funding, the consolidated program budget is $601.7 million. The program makes significant progress toward the modernization of district schools, providing classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education, multi-purpose facilities to support the superintendent’s vision for the arts in education, and the construction of a new high school in the Alpine/Blossom Valley area. More than $228 million in Prop U consolidated funds have been expended to date.

More information about the bond program is available at

About Grossmont Union High School District

Established in 1920, Grossmont Union High School District encompasses an area of approximately 465 square miles, including all of the cities of El Cajon, Santee and Lemon Grove, most of the city of La Mesa, a small portion of the city of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside and Spring Valley. Over 24,000 students are served by the district’s schools. The district consists of nine comprehensive high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) and an adult education program. The district employs 2,300 full-time employees, as well as hundreds of hourly employees, making it the largest employer in the East County. More information about Grossmont Union High School District can be found at

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