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Crawford High Colts to Celebrate Final Steel Beam

Crawford High Colts to Celebrate Final Steel Beam for New Classroom and Performing Arts Facility
Posted on 03/24/2021


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 


Crawford High Colts to Celebrate Final Steel Beam for New Classroom and Performing Arts Facility


Just a few short weeks before students return to in-person learning, the final steel beam for Crawford High School’s new three-story classroom, student services, and performing arts building will be hoisted into place.  Before it is hoisted into place, staff, students, and alumni will take turns in signing the beam. All activity will be socially distanced. 


Thursday, March 25, 2021 
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. 


Crawford High School
4191 Colts Way, San Diego, CA 92115


10:00 - 10:15 a.m. - Beam Signing, Media Interview Opportunities
10:15 - 10:20 a.m. - Hoisting of Final Steel Beam
10:20 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Additional Media Interview Opportunities

Photo and video renderings of the new facility can be found here
Drone and ground video of the demolition can be found here
Photos of the demolition can be found here


Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne, Board of Education Vice President, San Diego Unified 
Dr. Froylán Villanueva, Principal, Crawford High School 
Lee Dulgeroff, Chief Facilities Planning and Construction Officer, San Diego Unified
Greg Estep, President, Will C. Crawford High School Foundation
Crawford High School Students and Alumni 


The Crawford High School College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) and Whole Site Modernization project began in three construction phases. 

Completed in July 2020, the first phase of construction upgraded the automotive CCTE program with a new building, three new service bays, and a dedicated alignment bay. The existing auto lab received a renovated classroom, an engine lab, and a single bay demonstration lift.  

The second phase, completed in August 2020,  included renovations to classrooms, security upgrades to fire alarms and emergency communications systems, as well as installation of security lighting and security cameras. Existing restrooms and the food services area were also renovated. 

Now in the final phase, crews demolished the existing auditorium to create a three-story structure that will house twenty classrooms, a performing arts center, and a student services office suite. The building includes a drop-off and pickup area at the corner of Orange Avenue and Colts Way, which will be accompanied by a new parking lot as the final piece. Construction for the final phase is estimated to complete in Winter 2022 for the building and spring 2023 for the new parking lot. 


Crawford High

Erected in 1957 and opened in 1958, Will C. Crawford High School was named after San Diego Unified’s former superintendent, Will C. Crawford, who served from 1934-1954. Originally named Will C. Crawford Educational Complex, Crawford High is now a traditional high school that houses grades 9-12 in the El Cerrito neighborhood of San Diego. 

Project Funds

San Diego Unified’s capital projects are funded by San Diego Unified School District’s Propositions S and Z, is measure YY funds involved which are local bond measures approved by San Diego voters to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood schools. In addition to renovation and replacement, bond projects include classroom technology, facilities to support College, Career and Technical Education, classroom air conditioning, safety and security upgrades, and other facilities improvements at traditional and public charter schools throughout San Diego Unified. 


Demolition Marks Next Phase of Crawford Transformation
With Cheer, Music, and Alumni, Crawford High Colts Race Toward Construction


Due to ongoing construction, this will be limited to street parking. 


Jamie Ries, San Diego Unified Facilities Communication Liaison 619-855-9283; [email protected]