EL CAJON, CALIF. – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that construction has been completed on a new 22,780-square-foot Physical Education/Sports Complex on the campus of El Cajon Valley High School in El Cajon. A building dedication event was held for the new facility on Dec. 4.
With a construction cost of $6.4 million, the new facility with accommodate physical education instruction and campus sports conditioning programs. It was built to replace two outdated locker room buildings, originally built 60 years ago that did not meet current seismic safety standards.
The new ADA- and Title IX-compliant building features a weight room, comparable team rooms for boys’ and girls’ sports, coaches’ quarters, athletic trainers’ workroom, secure lockers, restrooms, showers, accessible outdoor restrooms for pool and stadium users, and a large general purpose/great room for use with gymnastics, wrestling and large-group assemblies. The last phase of construction will include restoration of the adjacent multi-purpose physical education courts.
Participating in the building dedication event were GUHSD Trustee Jim Kelly, GUHSD Superintendent Ralf Swenson, El Cajon Valley High School Principal Erin Richison, student athletes Ninwey Esho and Michael Shearin, and Jerry Schniepp, Commissioner of the CIF San Diego Section.
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 http://proph.build-guhsd.com.
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 22,000 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 1,950 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 www.guhsd.net.