San Diego Unified School District officials have reached an agreement, subject to school board approval, with the San Diego Padres to allow all of the district's 22 high schools to hold graduation ceremonies at Petco Park.
The Class of 2021 will be the 96th to graduate from PLHS and the spaciousness of Petco Park should allow much greater attendance while still complying with social distancing mandates. It is also hoped San Diego County will move into a less restrictive category by mid-June.
Principal Kelly Lowry expected board approval earlier this week and expressed excitement about the plans. He said seniors and their families will be notified of the exact date and time of their ceremony as soon as final plans have been made.
"I am thrilled we have found a way to bring all of our seniors together again for our 2021 graduation ceremony," Lowry said.
Plans are said to include a stage on the baseball field's infield.
This news should come as a relief for Pointer administrators because the school's Pete Ross Stadium, where commencement ceremonies are traditionally held, will be under construction in another phase of the whole site improvement plan. Already completed are two new classroom buildings, upgrades to all other classrooms, modernization of the school's gym, communication, computer, and infrastructure systems.
Upcoming PLHS stadium upgrades will include bleachers for 500 visiting spectators on the north side of the field with a new concession and restroom building. On the home (south) side of the field, a press box will be constructed with elevator access. Also, an unstable retaining wall on the east end of the stadium will be rebuilt and damage to the school's track from support braces for the wall will be repaired.