LOS ANGELES (Aug. 9, 2012) - Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic, Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy and Los Angeles City Council Member Joe Buscaino today joined students, parents, officials and community members to cut the ribbon on the San Pedro High School: John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus. The new school is an extension of the existing San Pedro High School (SPHS) campus. The site will house two of SPHS existing magnets, alleviating overcrowding on the main SPHS campus.
“This new San Pedro High School Annex: John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus is an example of the collaboration between LAUSD, the parents, teachers, students and community of San Pedro to bring about educational reform,” Dr. Vladovic said. “The new facility promises to provide our community with a first-class educational experience in a new campus with access to the numerous opportunities for years to come. I’m proud to have been instrumental in providing San Pedro High School with overcrowding relief, and giving our students the opportunity for a better education with a larger campus, and smaller class sizes. Today is truly a great celebration.”
The Marine Science Math Science Technology Magnet (MSMSTM) is a four-year college prep program that focuses on math and science. Students participate in a rigorous academic program that includes math and science classes through four years of high school. The primary focus of MSMSTM is marine science. At MSMSTM, students have the opportunity to take specialized science classes such as Marine Biology, Physical Oceanography and Advanced Marine Science.
The Police Academy Magnet is a four-year program that focuses on a career in law enforcement. Students enrolled in the program participate in four years of physical training, specialized forensic science and law classes, as well as computer training. The Police Academy Magnet’s primary partnership is with the Los Angeles Police Department. The Department provides a sworn officer to work with the students in the program daily. The officer is assigned to the school site, and provides a constant tie to law enforcement.
“Today we celebrate one of the first of many important ribbon-cuttings this school year,” Deasy said. “The John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus will offer two unique magnet programs that will nurture, cultivate and develop each student’s academic talents by intersecting project-based learning and the best known teaching practices. This type of learning incites innovation as students test their talents, skills and proficiencies in the real world.”
"As a San Pedro High School alumnus, I could not be more thrilled to celebrate the opening of this new campus,” Buscaino said. “Through the cooperation of LAUSD and the city of Los Angeles, this campus will be one of the greenest around, providing students and area residents with state-of-the art facilities, utilizing artificial turf, solar heating for the pool, photovoltaic panels and wind turbines."
Shared facilities include performing arts classrooms, a library, multi-purpose room, gymnasium, food service area, lunch shelter, indoor dining room, administration offices, playfields, a pool and surface parking.
"I am very excited that this new campus brings a number of resources to the students of San Pedro,” LAUSD Instructional Area Superintendent Dr. Robert Bravo said. “The site will provide a wonderful home for San Pedro High School's Marine Science Math Science Technology Magnet and Police Academy Magnet, as well as give student athletes access to more practice areas. It is also wonderful that our District gets the opportunity in the naming of the campus to honor the Olguins, two long-time pillars of the San Pedro community. It is so appropriate that the Marine Science Magnet be located on a campus named in part for John Olguin who dedicated his life to educating people about the ocean and has been called, ‘the father of recreational whale watching.’”
“This state-of-the-art new high school was designed and built to meet the needs of the students and the surrounding community for today and for many years to come,” LAUSD Interim Chief Facilities Executive Mark Hovatter said.
The San Pedro High School: John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus opens August 14, and is part of LAUSD’s current $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization program. The goal of this program is to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. For more information, please visit www.laschools.org.
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Photo: The San Pedro High School: John M. and Muriel Olguin Campus (San Pedro News Pilot)