• Ribbon-cutting planned for Valhalla High School modernization project, expanding spaces for instrume

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 11, 2022

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    Ribbon-cutting planned for Valhalla High School modernization project, expanding spaces for instrumental music, dance, and athletic programs


    Extensive modernizations provided for the state-of-the-art and efficient redesign of 50-year-old spaces, allowing for the expansion of weight room, band, and dance spaces, and new spaces for athletic training and sports medicine pathway


    WHAT:  Ribbon-cutting of the Valhalla High School Locker Room Modernization project. The $8 million project reconfigured spaces in four outdated buildings to support space needs for locker rooms, a dance room, a band room, storage, a new team room, and a new weight room. (Photos below)


    WHEN:  Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 10 a.m.


    WHERE:  Valhalla High School, 1725 Hillsdale Rd., El Cajon, CA 92019.  Park underneath solar carports near the football field/track; the event will be held in front of the weight room.



    ·         Instrumental Performance by Student Band

    ·         Performance of National Anthem by Choir

    ·         Speakers:

    o   Brianne Froumis, Valhalla Principal

    o   Theresa Kemper, GUHSD Superintendent

    o   Ezra Moore, Class of 2022, Wrestling League Champion (2021)

    o   Ryan Bassler, Class of 2022, Valhalla Marching Band Drum Major

    o   Steve Bulette, Athletic Director and Math Teacher

    ·         Presentation of Certifications of Recognition

    ·         Tours


    Interviews can be arranged ahead of the event with advanced notice. A Spanish speaker will be available.




    The Valhalla High School Locker Modernization project included improvements in four separate buildings:


    • The girls' locker room building
    • The old small gym building
    • The boys' locker room building
    • The gym building to the south


     The reconfigured girls locker room building now comprises 2,500 square feet of modernized locker room space, 2,500 square feet of new dance room space, a new team room, and additional office/storage space.


    The old small gym building features a new 2,600 square feet band room space that integrates flooring from the historic old gym into a revamped space that reflects the program's past, present, and future. The boys' locker room includes 2,500 square feet of modernized locker room space, a new team room, and additional office/storage space. The building also has increased space for P.E. attendants and a new trainer's room. 


    The main gym building had a building extension to increase the size of the new weight room to 2,500 square feet with state-of-the-art equipment. Each building also received new HVAC equipment, upgrades, and site improvements.

    The weight room has been expanded and features state-of-the-art equipment.

    The weight room includes an exterior roll-up door for added ventilation and natural daylight.

    The new band room provides an expansive practice space and extensive storage.


    About the Grossmont Union High School District

    Established in 1920, Grossmont Union High School District encompasses an area of approximately 465 square miles, including the cities of El Cajon, Santee, and Lemon Grove, most of the City of La Mesa, a small portion of the City of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside and Spring Valley, the population of which is approximately 490,000 residents.


    The District serves nearly 22,000 students in grades 9-12. The District includes nine comprehensive high schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, three special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Career Technical Education Program ("CTE"), an adult education program, and a daycare facility. The District is also the sponsoring local education agency for three charter schools. Learn more at www.guhsd.net.


    About Measure B.B. and Proposition U

    Measure B.B. is a $128 million general obligation bond approved by East County voters in 2016 to upgrade GUHSD high school classrooms/labs/facilities; repair aging roofs, plumbing/electrical systems; modernize technology infrastructure; improve student safety/security; replace deteriorated portables; construct new school facilities to accommodate growth; and renovate career-training facilities for instruction in science, technology, engineering, math, and skilled trades. 


    Proposition U is a $417 million general obligation bond passed in November 2008. The program substantially completes the modernization of all district schools, providing classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education and multi-purpose facilities. Learn more at http://proph.build-guhsd.com/Pages/GUHSDhome.aspx