California Middle School cuts the ribbon on $3.1 million expanded gym

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California Middle School’s newly renovated and expanded gym was officially opened during a high-energy pep rally with students and staff on Tuesday.

The event featured a three-point basketball shoot-out, cheerleaders, a school orchestra rendition of Cal’s fight song and a light-hearted routine by the school’s Land Park Rangers troupe.

“This beautifully expanded structure builds on Cal’s great tradition of excellence and moves it into the 21st century,” said Superintendent José L. Banda.

Other speakers included Principal Andrea Egan, Board of Education Vice President Jay Hansen and Rosemont Principal Elizabeth Vigil.

Cal’s gym, which was built in 1975, was overdue for modernization and expansion to accommodate the popular Land Park middle’s schools growing needs. Improvements include:

  • 2,500-square feet of additional space
  • New lighting
  • A new energy-efficient HVAC system
  • A new wood floor
  • A new wireless scoreboard

Locker rooms, restrooms and office areas were also modernized with ADA-compliant upgrades.

The $3.1 million project is funded by Measure R bonds. Sacramento voters approved Measures Q and R – facilities bonds for Sac City schools – in November 2012. One of the oldest and most beautiful campuses in Sacramento, California Middle School is home to the league-winning California Bears soccer and softball teams.

At the ceremony, Principal Vigil presented a plaque to longtime Cal basketball coach Isaac Ricard, better known as “Mr. Cal.”