Visalia Unified will break ground on new continuation high school on March 14
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
VISALIA – Sequoia High School has been helping students struggling in high school to get a fresh start for more than 50 years. Next week, the continuation high school campus with get a fresh start of its own.
Visalia Unified School District will break ground on Sequoia High School’s new campus at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. The new campus is located on Woodland, south of Houston and directly west of the current campus. Members of the VUSD Board of Trustees, Superintendent Todd Oto, Sequoia High School Principal Adolfo Reyes and school staff members are expected to participate in the ceremonial event. Members of the public are also welcome.
“Sequoia High School is our longest-serving alternative school in Visalia Unified, and it has helped students learn, achieve and earn a high school diploma since 1966,” noted VUSD Superintendent Todd Oto, Ed.D., “We are excited to be able to bring a new campus to this important school.”
Sequoia High School, home of the Mountaineers, provides students a fresh start to prepare for continuous academic growth culminating in a high school diploma and the desire for life-long learning, accelerated credit recovery, small class sizes and career placement support. Students also have the opportunity to take classes at College of the Sequoias or Visalia Adult School to fast-track their education.
True to its name, the new Sequoia High School will feature classrooms with a cabin-esque shape to them with tan walls and green roofs, similar to colors used by Sequoia National Park on its signs and uniforms. Its new front entrance will be on Woodland, with the address 900 N. Woodland St., and the school will offer a Forestry and Natural Resources pathway that leads into an associate’s degree at Reedley College.
Robert Groeber, assistant superintendent of administrative services, said the district is expanding the footprint of Sequoia High School by about a third, or 7.5 acres at the corner of West Goshen Avenue and North Mooney Boulevard. Groeber said the new campus will allow room to construct 20 classrooms totaling 66,000 square feet to accommodate up to 500 students without using portable classrooms and will have room to add a wing expanding the student enrollment capability to 500.
Features of the new campus include 16,000 square feet of classroom space and a 23,000-square foot multipurpose/library building, a new office, daycare, preschool and will welcome freshman for the first time when it opens in the fall of 2020.