Public Invited to Preview New McBride High School
The public is invited to preview the new McBride High School in Long Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9. The Long Beach Unified School District wants to acknowledge the broad-based support of parents, neighbors and the community during the years of planning and construction of the school, built on the former DeMille Middle School site at 7025 E. Parkcrest St.
The preview event will feature informal campus tours and is being hosted by LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser and McBride Principal Steven Rockenbach.
McBride is the first of several small high schools planned as part of the Measure K construction and renovation program. Measure K is the $1.2 billion school facilities initiative approved by local voters.
Named for the late Long Beach civil rights leader, Ernest McBride, Sr., the campus is the first new LBUSD high school in a generation. When the school opens this fall, it will accommodate 210 freshmen, and each year, an additional class of ninth graders will be added until the school reaches its full complement of ninth through twelfth grade students in 2016.
The school will offer a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum that includes California State University and University of California entrance requirements, with an added emphasis on real-world training in three career pathways: Health and Medical, Public Services and Forensics, and Engineering.
The campus layout features a “main street” design with classrooms and other buildings surrounding an open area that provides maximum visibility and security. The small learning communities will each have their own labs and customized classrooms with “boomerang” desks that can be arranged in a dozen ways.
The campus has unique features, such as a college-type lecture hall and a covered outdoor dining patio rather than a traditional cafeteria. To create additional spaces for small group gatherings, each small learning community has a vestibule area that resembles a student union.
The campus wi-fi network will enable students and teachers to use laptops and iPads anywhere, not just in a classroom. The school meets state energy performance standards for schools with such “green” features as a rooftop solar system that will supply up to half of the campus’ energy needs, automatic dimming light fixtures and on-site storm water retention.
Learn more about the McBride High School Measure K Project.
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