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Golden Beam Hoisted into Place at PLHS

Golden Beam Hoisted into Place on Point Loma High School’s New Three-Story Classroom Hall
Posted on 02/28/2020
Pt. Loma High School Final Steel Beam

Feb. 28, 2020 


SAN DIEGO -  Imprinted with the names of past, present, and future students at Point Loma High, the gold painted final steel beam was hoisted into place on Monday, Feb. 24, for what will become a three-story classroom hall with a library and media center.  The new building signifies the school’s largest whole site modernization project since it first opened in 1925. 

Nearly 100 years later, students from across nine Point Loma area schools, including Correia Middle School and Cabrillo Elementary School, signed the beam ahead of the hoisting on Wednesday, Feb. 19. 


Rendering of future library, media center, and classroom building at Point Loma High School. Credit: AVRP Architects 

Built in 1925, Point Loma High School is the third largest high school at San Diego Unified. With notable graduates such as Major League Baseball (MLB) pitchers David Wells and Don Larsen, “Happy Days” actress Marion Ross, City Councilmembers Bill Cleator, Byron Wear, and Bill Lowry,  the historical campus carries a tradition of pride and excellence. 

About 35 percent of students come from a variety of neighborhoods for specialized programs at Point Loma High, including the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program and the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP). 

During the beam signing event, senior Caydon K. said he is a third-generation Point Loma High school student, with both his grandfather and mother attending the school. 

“It’s kind of an old school campus, so it’s great to have a new campus,” said Caydon. “Hopefully my grandkids will be able to go here in the future.” 

Along with the new three-story building frontage on Chatsworth Boulevard, parking capacity will be increased through reconfiguration of the school’s Clove Street parking lot, which will include a visitor’s security entrance.   Campus renovations will also be made to classroom buildings 200, 300, and 400. 

The school will also see improvements for its athletes, with new practice fields, a new elevator and press box, and new visitor bleachers.  “This is just one of several projects to revitalize campuses in my district,” said Mike McQuary, Board Trustee for San Diego Unified. “Drive to Correia Middle School, and you’ll see a brand new sports complex. Drive to Mission Bay High School, and you’ll see a newly renovated football field and gym. Propositions S & Z are completely enhancing these communities.” 

The project is anticipated to be completed in late 2021. You can read more about this project, and other projects, by visiting http://fpcprojects.sandi.net.