Friday, September 14, 2012

Point Loma High gets a new field and weight room

Point Loma High School invited students, parents, staff and community members to kick off its 2012 football season and to celebrate the completion of its new synthetic turf football field and new weight room on Saturday, Sept 1. Board President John Lee Evans, Board Vice President Scott Barnett and City Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer were guest speakers at the dedication ceremony held on the 50-yard-line of the new field. Principal Barbara Samilson welcomed guests, and Vice Principal Kevin Gormly emceed the event that included the presentation of colors by the schools' Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a ceremonial football toss that marked the opening of the football season.

All physical education classes and athletes at Point Loma High will use the new facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Both the field and weight room projects were constructed using Proposition S capital improvement funds that cannot be used for teachers' or administrators' salaries. The $1,434,196 field project involved the replacement of the existing 11-year-old, 107,000-square-foot synthetic turf football field at Point Loma High. The new field includes new synthetic turf, game markings, and a new drainage and cleaning system. The design/construction partner on this Prop. S project was Byrom-Davey Construction.

Jimmie Johnson Foundation check presentation This weight room project involved constructing a new 3,190-square-foot weight room and exercise facility located adjacent to the track and football field on land previously occupied by district portables demolished in 2008. The building is fully compliant with the American’s with Disabilities Act. The design and construction partners for this facility were gkkworks Architectural Services and M.A. Stevens Construction.

The $675,070 construction project was funded by Prop. S, while the new weight room’s exercise equipment was funded by a $90,000 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Lowe's Toolbox for Education™ Champions Grant. Started by race car driver and San Diego native, Jimmie Johnson, the foundation is dedicated to assisting children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. A ceremonial check presentation was held during the dedication ceremony to mark the foundation's contribution.

For more information on these projects or Proposition S, call 619-725-7252. Members of the press, please contact Cynthia Reed-Porter at or 619-546-3378.