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The new Serra High center is reflected in the 38-by-25-foot swimming pool.
Dennis Agatep photo
Serra High christens $21M
arts, science, pool complex

Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo has dedicated a new Center for Arts and Science with state-of-the-art classrooms, science labs geared to hands-on learning, a broadcasting studio and arts facilities and a new swimming pool.

The $21 million center marks the second phase of Serra’s master plan and is designed to bring the 900-student boys Catholic school into a more competitive position in the region, officials said.

The expansion is part of the archdiocesan high school’s mission to educate young men as Catholic citizens, Serra President Lars Lund said.
“What brings it all home for me is that today we started putting crucifixes in all the classrooms,” he said. “Because everything we do here at Serra begins with and has its ultimate goal of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“Why are we doing this? Not only to prepare our students for the rigors of college but to prepare them for the challenges of adulthood in the 21st century — and also to do it with our Catholic faith in the core of everything they do,” he said.

The center, built with union labor, includes five new science laboratories; classrooms that integrate current advanced technology; new facilities for the school yearbook and newspaper and for film; an art room dedicated to painting and drawing and a ceramics studio; state-of-the-art band rehearsal and choral space; recording facilities; a green room for the theater arts program; a work room for instrument repair; expanded classroom space for the academic resource program; a meeting room for family conferences; and a separate small group tutoring and collaborative study classroom.

The project also includes a new 38-by-25-foot pool and new team locker room and bathrooms.

“The new facilities will increase the school’s ability to provide quality Catholic education while sustaining Serra’s competitive edge in the San Mateo community as the destination school for young men,” said Archdiocese of San Francisco Schools Superintendent Maureen Huntington.

“I have not seen the finished product at Junipero Serra. But I am excited about it. It should help the well-rounded educational experience of the students,” said Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice, a Serra graduate. “A Catholic education is so important these days. Good human skills and lived Catholic values are so needed in our country and our world. High school can help to deepen these realities.”

The 24,000-square-foot building was designed by Rafcliff Architects with general contractor Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co. Fundraising began in 2006 with construction taking 14 months, Lund said.

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