District officials and a group of students gathered at the Mountain View High School campus on Jan. 31 to celebrate the opening of a new 30-meter swimming pool and weight room facility, which was finished on time and on budget, according Joe White, superintendent of business services for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District.
Despite the chilly weather, after a brief dedication ceremony a group of swimmers and water polo players plunged into the pool, which will allow Mountain View High School to hold swim meets and water polo games for the first time in its history, said White.
The old pool, originally built in the 1960s, was "too small to host swimming competitions and too shallow for official water polo matches," according to a district press release. The new pool has space for 10 regulation-size swimming lanes and a deep end large enough for water polo.
Two shade canopies near the pool and the weight room roof have been fitted with a thermal solar heating system, which White estimated would provide up to 50 percent of the heat for the pool.
A new building adjacent to the pool will serve as both a pool house and weight room for the school, White said. Up until now, the MVHS weight room was housed in a converted food services portable.
"This is great for the school to have a brand new facilities — to be able to accommodate the students both during the school day with physical education programs, as well as being able to offer after-school athletic programs," White said.
The completion of the pool and weight room comes after a number of other Measure A-funded projects were installed, including the construction of solar-panel canopies and a new, high-speed wireless Internet system.