Hundreds tour Mountain House High School
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Mountain House high school tour
Ben Fobert, principal of Mountain House High School, talks to a group of future high schoolers who volunteered to help the Lammersville Unified School District lead a sneak-peek tour of the campus Saturday, Nov. 16.  Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — More than 1,000 people showed up Saturday, Nov. 16, to see inside the Mountain House High School construction site — a display of overwhelming interest, according to Principal Ben Fobert.

“There is a huge, huge excitement in the community,” he said. “It’s bigger than anyone expected it to be.”

Fobert said tours of the school were initially scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon, but officials kept them going until 3 p.m. to meet the demand.

More than 100 student volunteers, who expect to attend Mountain House High next school year, led the tours. Bryanna Villena, 14, a freshman at Kimball High School, was one of those tour guides.

“It’s fun to see where you’re going to go,” Bryanna said. “It’s cool to see the progress.”

Aleisha LaCurise and Lauren Anderson, eighth-graders at Questa School, reacted similarly to their future high school.

“It’s all sort of thrilling,” Aleisha said. “It’s cool to see other people interested in the school we’re going to be in.”

As visitors arrived on campus from Mustang Boulevard, students dressed in bright blue Mustang shirts decorated with the school logo directed them to the parking areas and check-in tables.

Groups of five to 15 people began their tours in the southern parking area with a view of several new athletic fields and the steel skeleton of a science building that is slated to open in December 2014.

The first building visitors were allowed to enter was the two-story administration building that will eventually house offices and several classrooms. The large building features arches and huge twin towers.

As groups walked through the quad — a rough dirt square — toward the cafeteria, tour guides pointed out the sites of a theater and a library. The cafeteria building will eventually have a kitchen, a dining hall and classrooms for culinary training.

Next stop on the tour was the 52,000-square-foot gymnasium, with bleachers for 2,718 people. Adjacent to the main gym is a small gymnasium with seating for 716 people, as well as locker rooms, coaches’ offices and rooms for wrestling and weight training.

The conclusion of the tour was a view of the stadium site in a northern field, near the future pool area. The stadium will seat 2,249 home-team fans and 510 people on the visitors’ side, according to the tour guides.

Parents expressed excitement about the new school as they left the campus.

“The tours were awesome,” said Maria Bharath, whose daughter will be in the first freshman class. “It’s such an awesome opportunity. It’s so exciting for our community.”

Cheri and Todd Gafford, who toured the school with their daughter, praised the campus.

“It’s nice. I really like the high arches,” Cheri Gafford said. “It looks like they are getting everything they planned. They’re getting a pool, football stadium, the whole shebang.”

Lammersville Unified School District Superintendent Kirk Nicholas described the open house as an “opportunity to show off all the hard work of our school board and (former superintendent) Dale Hansen.”

He said the school is on schedule to open in August, and officials are planning another open house in May.

“It’s all coming together nicely,” Nicholas said.

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