Campus transformation begins at Pacific Beach Middle School
PACIFIC BEACH (KUSI) – Pacific Beach middle school is being transformed.
Major Demolition work started Wednesday on a campus that has been in existence since the 1930s.
Say goodbye to the old Pacific Beach Middle School campus.
“I am thrilled just absolutely thrilled and excited,” said Kimberly Meng, Principal at Pacific Beach Middle School.
Meng, who has been at the school for five years says the campus has been around for decades. She said the first building was built back in the 1930s when the school was called Pacific Beach Junior High. The second building to go up, went up in the 1940s.
It currently houses most of the classrooms but not for long. Construction crews are demolishing it. “Sixth grade was on the lower level and seventh and eighth upstairs with English social studies math languages.”
In it’s place will be a brand new building.
“It’s going to be a beautiful 26 classroom building that will kind of be a little bit L shaped in this space herewith state-of-the-art classroom spaces that are really transformational. When you look at an ideal classroom of the future that’s what this is going to be.”
Student Jesse Adler, who lives near by, decided to take a break from his summer vacation and return to school Wednesday to see the action. “I think it’s pretty cool. I’m excited to see what it will be like next year,” said the incoming 7th grader.
Perhaps, one of the most anticipated improvements are the upgrades to the heating and air conditioning systems.
“I’m excited for that it gets really hot in the beginning of school like in August and September so that’ll be exciting some days they had to closed down school for the day because it was so hot.” said Adler.
The multi-million dollar modernization project is expected to be completed in 2021.
It’s funded by the San Diego Unified School Districts Propositions S and Z which are local bond measures approved by voters.