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When Jennifer Brown was a student at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, she won several swim titles and was captain of the swim team.

Now a teacher and coordinator of small learning communities at Cabrillo High School, she serves on the advisory team for the new aquatic center on the northeast side of campus, where construction will start this summer.

"I am excited about this pool not only because it will allow us to expand our physical education program for students, but it will also be a great asset to the community," Brown said. "I think the aquatic center will help us attract and retain students who are interested in competitive swimming and water polo."

The 40-meter pool will include a shallow area for swim instruction, aquatic exercise and physical therapy in addition to a seven-foot depth for swim meets and water polo games.

A 10-foot perimeter wall and decorative fencing will enclose the facility, which includes showers, locker rooms, restrooms, office spaces, a ticket and concession stand, deck storage and viewing bleachers with a 240-person capacity.

"We will now be able to provide swim safety instruction to all students,” Co-principal Elio Mendoza said. "During the summers, we hope to be able to work with the city or community groups to rent out the pool for public use."

Cabrillo is the only high school in the district that does not have a swimming pool. The need for an aquatic facility on the campus was identified in the LBUSD Facility Master Plan, developed with staff, community and student input.

The aquatic center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.