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MBHS hosts 2nd Annual Car Show and Auto Shop Grand Opening

MORRO BAY, Calif. — A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Friday afternoon at Morro Bay High School for a brand new, state-of-the-art body shop. The facility was built with Measure D funding, a $177 million dollar bond measure approved by county voters in 2014.

This is one of many projects, funded by Measure D, slated for Morro Bay High School. This Summer, Building J-700 Wing will break ground and will be transformed into the STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math) Complex. The Old Gym renovation will also break ground in Summer 2017. The Pool Complex is currently under construction and is anticipated to be open in Fall 2017. In early 2018, the new entry and Student Support Center at MBHS is anticipated to start construction. The tennis courts were modernized over Summer 2016.

“Every time I go in here I’m still amazed,” says senior Jake Pritchard. He is one of the first students with the opportunity to learn about mechanics and the auto industry in the new center. “People are hearing about this all over the coast and they want to be a part of it.”

The former bus barn includes several new lifts, new technology, and more open space for students to work on individual projects.

“It’s a community project. The community came together to make this happen for the kids,” says auto technology teacher James Bueno. “Three years ago when I first started there were four kids in the auto class, and now there are 90 kids spread out over three classes.”

“We are so grateful for the communities that we have our schools in for passing our bond measure,” says San Luis Coastal School District Superintendent, Dr. Eric Prater. “It allowed us the resources to build this facility.”

At San Luis High School, a robotics lab will break ground this summer, and early next year, renovations to the student center and old gym will take center stage.

“It’s an amazing example of what cooperation and generosity in our community can do for our kids”, said Dr. Prater.

For seniors like Pritchard, their time in the shop will be short-lived; but he is excited for his younger classmates.

“I’m a senior, and we’re about ready to leave the shop, but freshmen, they will have this for four years. I’m really looking forward to people learning in this shop.”