The academic edifice, costing "more than $10 million" according to the San Diego Unified School District facilities project website, is part of an overall site modernization project using funds from Props. S and Z, passed by voters in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
The new structure has a scheduled completion date of January 2021.
Fronting Chatsworth Boulevard, students will have 20 new state-of-the-art classrooms, a spacious new media center, restrooms, and the electronic brains of the school to include an already functioning "Voice Over Internet Protocol" telephone system, computer mainframes and connections along with electrical power equipment.
A new media center will include artwork and other features re-purposed with wood saved from the beloved Torrey Pines trees that were removed to make room for the new structure.
A new student quad with landscaping and decorative concrete will become a centerpiece to the campus.
As requested by PLHS parents and community members, SDUSD is building a wall along Chatsworth Boulevard that will feature arches similar to those that gave the original campus its beautiful appearance.
Workers are currently refurbishing older classrooms in several other PLHS buildings to bring them up to the highest standards of lighting, comfort, acoustics, air quality, and technology. The district cites studies showing safe, comfortable, and inspiring schools show students and staff they are respected and education is a critical component of our society.
Also set for future phases are additions to the school's Pete Ross Stadium. These include stands for approximately 500 visitors on the north side along with restroom and concession facilities. On the home side, a press box is due to be constructed atop the bleachers as well as an ADA-required elevator. This work, already in the design and approval phase, is targeted to be complete in time for the school's 100th anniversary in 2025.
Future improvements on the site's several phases of construction is a makeover of the school's venerable gymnasium, believed to have been built about 1949. Already outfitted with new plastic maroon-colored bleachers, the large facility will see new student lockers and team rooms as well as coaches' offices also at a cost of "more than $10 million." This phase is scheduled for the 2028-29 school year.
Totaling $7 billion, SDUSD issues bonds for Props. S and Z about every two years as needed. The district is repairing, renovating and modernizing its approximately 203 sites on a schedule that goes until about 2030. The district serves over 135,000 students.