The Socorro High School community and Team SISD celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony to officially mark the start of the reconstruction of the flagship school, one of the most anticipated projects in Bond 2017.
“It’s exciting to be part of this historic event as we witness the end of one chapter and the birth of a new home for our Bulldogs,” said Socorro High School Principal Josh Tovar. “The new and improved campus will better prepare our students for the world of work and university.”
Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D., SISD board members, school and district staff, along with representatives from VLK Architects, Nine Degrees Architecture, and BTC were among those who gathered for the ceremony.
“Socorro High School is our oldest high school in the district, it’s our flagship school,” said Dr. Espinoza. “The work has already begun, so we are looking forward to seeing the reconstruction of this awesome, amazing high school.”
The first phase of the Socorro High School reconstruction started in July 2019, one month ahead of schedule. Contractors have started demolishing existing areas of the school to make room for a new academic and Career and Technical Education wing. That portion of the new building is scheduled to be occupied by students and staff in 18 months.
Bond Accountability Committee members also attended the event, including chair Robert Alvarez who addressed the audience expressing that BAC members have been proud to represent the community in Bond 2017 and are eager to see the completion of Bond 2017 projects. Some BAC members have close ties to Socorro High School, such as Thomas Sigala Jr.
“I’ve been able to see the past, live in the present and I now look forward to the future of the new high school,” said Sigala, who attended Socorro High School in 1988.
The lively event featured the Socorro High School NJROTC color guard, drum line, cheerleaders and the widely recognized mascots Chato and Chata. Current students are excited about the academic excellence that the new building will inspire in the future generations of students.
“Once we get the new school, I think it will leave an aura of high standards, so I feel students will perform better academically,” said Socorro High School junior Aaron Garcia.
Another Socorro High School junior Kathryn Hernandez agreed.
“A new building will help make the students more confident about coming to school and take pride in their school,” Hernandez said.
Completion of the reconstruction will be phased over a three-and-a-half-year period to be substantially completed by spring 2023. Once construction is finalized, the 54-year-old campus will encompass a state-of-the-art building with natural lighting, an open space concept, and multiple innovative learning spaces. The campus will be equipped with high quality security features, the latest technology resources, and modern furniture for 21st century learning.
“Some of our board members attended school here at Socorro High School, they have a lot of memories from when they were here,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Now, with this new facility being built the students that are currently in elementary are going to be able to come in and build their own memories.”
The SISD Bond 2017 was approved by voters in November 2017. Team SISD is progressing steadily with projects keeping a commitment to Promises Made, Promises Kept. The first of the Bond 2017 projects was completed earlier this year with the opening of Socorro ISD’s newest elementary, Cactus Trails.
The ceremony took place on September 17, 2019. To view Socorro High School groundbreaking event photos, click here.