Once Matilda Torres High School’s doors open in August 2020, it will bring much relief to our existing high schools’ expanding student population, which are already exceeding capacity. The new high school will initially accommodate 2,200 students, but is master planned for future growth of 2,500 students. Construction of the new high school began this past March – and the District is fortunate to be working with a strong project team, consisting of Darden Architects, Kitchell CEM, and Harris Construction.
The team has wasted no time in getting construction activities underway and completed. The entire site has been graded, all building pads have been compacted, and the on-site fire water lines have been installed. All footings and slab on grade for Buildings A (Administration /Classroom building), F (Cafeteria), K (science / math classrooms), and G (Gymnasium) are completed. Most of these activities are hard to see when passing by the site, but one thing that stands out is the structural steel being erected, giving Building A a second floor.
Not only is work being done on-site, but quite a bit of work is taking place off-site, such as water main installation on Road 26 and Martin Street, the reconstruction of Owen Street to the south of the school site, and streetlight improvements at Martin Street and Road 26, and Ellis Street and D Street. With all these improvements underway, the new Matilda Torres High School is starting to take shape.