Roosevelt Middle School is blessed with a great campus and great set of facilities in a great location in a great city. Although it is over 90 years old (built in 1922 and earthquake upgradded in the 1960s) the classic Spanish architecture still fits well with its setting on the edge of Balboa Park. It makes good use of the campus during traditional school days and hours and many more with popular pre-school (6:00-7:30) and after school (2:30-6:00) programs, Saturday morning “make up” school (not so popular with the students) and a growing Summer School program.
Community use of the campus is growing:
- The San Diego Zoo uses one of the school's playing fields for overflow parking on busy weekends.
- The Zoo and the school also share the use of some green space for a picnic area and a butterfly garden
- In 2013-14 Roosevelt, the SD School District, San Diego City, the Balboa Tennis Club (with a personal contributiuon from Bill Walton and others) completed a total rebuild of the Roosevelt playing grounds with re-furbished tennis courts, basketball courts, jogging track, ball fields and green space. These facilities are used by students during school hours and are available to the community at other times.
- The Balboa Park Junior Theater Program and the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts use the school's 252 seat auditorium for rehearsals
- Friends of Roosevelt Foundation will stage "EduTainment" events in the auditorium, the library and on the grounds over the school year
- A local church rents the library for Sunday services.
But this leaves many other days and hours when these taxpayer-funded facilities are not in use. Over the next several years Roosevelt will work to develop opportunities for the public to have more access to appropriate facilities. Examples might include additional uses for the auditorium, access to a 20 machine exercise facility (equipped by the SD Chargers), the excellent computer lab and other facilities. Stay tuned!