Hillcrest students past and present joined administrators and teachers to break ground for new construction at Hillcrest High School.
The nearly $30 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022.
“Over the next two years, this campus will be transformed as we construct a new learning wing and renovate existing parts of the school to improve the learning environment and address security and accessibility barriers,” Superintendent John Jungmann said.
The original plan for renovating the school had two phases to completion: one to be done by June 2022, and a second that depended on a future bond proposal being passed by voters. The district then discovered lower than anticipated costs to the first phase, which allowed a redesign and both phases to be completed at the same time.
The original Hillcrest was built in 1957.
Dr. Denise Fredrick, a school board member, not only attended Hillcrest but also Fairview Elementary, which turned into an Annex that overlooks the Hillcrest campus.
“I attended an open house at Hillcrest prior to the 2019 bond election, and there were many community members who wanted change at Hillcrest but were fearful that such a big project for their school would be tucked away to the bottom of the list,” Dr. Fredrick said. “The community trusted, had faith and confidence in this administration and all those working hard to support Proposition S. And folks, here we are! It is real, it is happening and it is going to serve future generations of this community with a home to be proud of. In the words of the Hillcrest fight song, Fight on Ye Hornets Fight With All Your Might to Victory. This is victory!”