The first new high school built with voter-approved Measure K funds opened this week in Long Beach, bringing a college-prep curriculum and an emphasis on career paths.
Named after Long Beach civil rights leader Ernest McBride, the school will accommodate 210 freshmen. Each year, an additional class of ninth graders will be added until the school reaches an enrollment of about 1,000 ninth through twelfth grade students.
During the summer, a public preview of the school attracted about 1,300 people who lined up around the block to get a glimpse of the $75 million facility.
“Feedback was very positive and encouraging,” said McBride’s principal, Steve Rockenbach. “I was especially honored to have some of Ernest McBride’s family present. They were amazed at the overall look and feel of the campus and were extremely proud to know our students and families will continue his legacy of dedication and service.”
McBride’s curriculum includes California State University and University of California entrance requirements, with an added emphasis on real-world training in three high-demand career pathways: Health and Medical, Public Services and Forensics, and Engineering.
McBride, built on the former site of DeMille Middle School at 7025 E. Parkcrest St., is the first of several small high schools planned as part of the Measure K construction and renovation program. Measure K is the $1.2 billion school facilities initiative approved by local voters. The funds may be used only for school construction and renovation.
The school has 43 classrooms in seven buildings. The administration building/library, science building, two multi-story classroom buildings, gymnasium, lecture hall and food services facility all have high-tech, energy efficient features.
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