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Tax Dollars at Work: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Gym!

WALNUT, CA—Walnut Valley USD marked construction onset of the new 15,700 square-foot Walnut High School gymnasium on January 18.


Parents, staff, students, community members, and local officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the $7.7 million project.


“I want to thank our community for your ongoing support of Measure WV,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.


“Not only for this amazing facility that’s about to be built, but for so many across our District.”


The new gymnasium will feature full-size basketball, badminton, and volleyball practice courts, a scoreboard, bleachers, and weight room.


We cannot express our appreciation enough to our community, our school district, and all those behind the scenes making this project a reality,” said Principal Dr. Ryan Maine.


“This multi-use facility will accommodate not only athletics, but activities, performing arts, showcase nights, community events, and much more,” he said.


“It will be a great opportunity for our kids!”


“Having this new facility is going to add to the overall greatness of this school,” commented Board President Cindy Ruiz.


“This is going to be the best addition for our student athletes!” said Athletic Director Jerry Person who explained students practice before school beginning at 6:30 a.m. and then after school from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the existing gym.


“This new gym will provide all of us more time to practice and become the best athletes we can be,” said sophomore volleyball player Caylin Caballero.


“We can’t wait to finally walk through the doors and do what we do best!”


The Board of Trustees awarded the contract to Robert Clapper Construction Services, Inc. at the September 7, 2022 meeting.


Construction of the building designed by HMC Architects began on October 10, 2022 and is slated for completion in January 2024.


Walnut High School Blue Thunder Band and Pep Squad led the “Mustang Fight Song” at the conclusion of the program.


“A year from now at the ribbon cutting ceremony, Dr. Taylor has said he’ll do a slam dunk to inaugurate the new gym!” Principal Maine announced to the crowd.