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Manteca High undergoes major summer facelift

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Manteca High undergoes major summer facelift

Manteca High School’s front office receieved upgraded ergonomic work stations and computer and Internet equipment.


POSTED August 10, 2014 9:10 p.m.

School colors are not just paint-deep. They go much deeper than that.

It means “one school, one spirit,” and it speaks of “pride for our school,” said Frank Gonzales, principal of Manteca High School whose maintenance crew has been busy throughout the summer making sure the fresh coat of Buffalo-green paint was dry on the walls to greet the 1,600 students at the first day of school.

That’s just a fraction of the major facelift done to the school by construction crews while students and staff were on summer break. The school now has an all-new Athletic Training Facility. The front office and the principal’s office have been modernized complete with ergonomic furniture and upgraded computer and Internet connections. The risers in both the band and choir rooms have been removed with the now more spacious-looking facilities boasting new carpeting.

Just as dramatic is the visual transformation taking place in the Dorothy Mulvihill Theater, previously called the Speech Arts Building. The lobby is completely being transformed into a 1940’s and 1950s-style period setting, with the ticket boxes featuring period statuettes that greet visitors. Providing dramatic backdrop are walls covered with fresh coats of paint and in colors that also proudly emphasize Manteca High’s school spirit. Comfortable seating areas will be added in the front foyer as well where theater-goers can sit down and relax before and after shows, or during intermission.

No aspect of the school was overlooked. The Agriculture Building, for instance, now sports not only freshly painted walls with green trims but also a large mural made by the school’s art students gracing the side of the structure that can be viewed prominently from the street. It also enjoys utmost visibility to people walking to Gus Schmiedt Field to watch the games. The lane leading to the football field is also lined with banners for all seasons, each proclaiming Buffalo pride in colors and in symbols.

Topping off all that development is a construction project taking place in the southwest corner of the campus. The area that used to be occupied by portables will soon be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) building that will house the school’s science department. Prior to this project, the science department was spread out throughout the campus, Gonzales explained.

He gives the school’s willing and able maintenance crew all the credit for having done the herculean job during the summer. In return, the crew spoke equally highly of Gonzales.

“He came here with an open mind and gave us carte blanche to do what we need to do with the school spirit,” said head custodian Rey Cavazos of the school principal who came on board as the top administrator three years ago.

Manteca High also received a big boost during the summer with the campus being used by the movie company which did some of its anti-bullying “Listen” film shooting at the school.

Manteca’s oldest high school, and the only one in the school district situated in the Family City’s central area, actually has a one-year plan, followed by a five-year plan and a 10-year plan of school improvement and beautification. It’s the one-year plan that is currently being completed.

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