Millikan Rams may be one step closer to their next California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section championship win thanks to a new, state-of-the-art track and field.
Completed in January, the high school's 400-meter synthetic running track and all-weather sports field incorporates recent innovations in stadium design to maximize playability and safety. The field’s permeable turf — arranged in alternating shades of green — drains quickly in wet weather, increasing play time for Millikan’s football, soccer and lacrosse teams. The turf’s durable, even surface reduces the likelihood of sprained ankles and other injuries that keep players out of the game.
A nine-lane rubberized track in Millikan’s signature blue encloses the field, providing runners greater shock absorption and stride efficiency. The $9 million project also includes new runways for long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault, shotput area and a new scoreboard.
DeHaven Stadium’s new track and field, made possible by the district’s Measure E bond program, meets CIF regulations and is the latest upgrade to the 65-year-old campus.
Millikan’s renovations began in 2018 with the installation of a new soccer and softball field equipped with a new dugout, bullpen and batting cages. Previous fields were demolished and relocated to make way for a two-story classroom facility.
Opened a few weeks before the track and field’s unveiling, the new building includes labs for hands-on learning and modern classrooms for Millikan’s distinguished learning communities. Instructional spaces for special education students and a college and career center are also housed in the 50,000-square-foot building.
Additional upgrades to Millikan’s facilities are in the works. The school’s natatorium – which will be repurposed into a multiuse gym and a new aquatic center featuring a 50-meter pool, locker rooms and spectator bleachers – will make a splash in 2027.
Measure E funds will also supply new heating and air conditioning, improved WiFi and other upgrades to Millikan’s existing structures starting in 2024.