I am excited! The work on the athletic fields and facilities ongoing on the campus at John Glenn High School is impressive.
Answering an invitation from vice principals Shanon Cruz and Leonard Shryock at a recent Eagle football game, I called Cruz and asked if an on-campus visit could be had.
Cruz accommodated my request and I spent an hour touring from above the facilities for the future, football and soccer stadium, the varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball fields.
From the second floor of the newest addition to the campus, we were able to see in the distance, the soccer practice field as well.
What was taking shape was the lighting for the football, baseball and softball stadiums, athletic locker facilities, equipment storage attached to new baseball player dugout, a running track, concession stands and everything else associated with one of the best athletic high school facility west of the Mississippi.
According to a news release by Norwalk La Mirada spokesperson Rick De la Torre, “When completed, the Glenn HS project will feature a 2,500-seat synthetic turf stadium with lights, a press box, baseball fields, a ticket booth and concession stand. The makeover for the 1960s-era Eagles campus on Shoemaker Avenue will encompass about 20 acres of school property.”
Not bad for $25 million. That is what Vice Principal Leonard Shryock said the value of the bond-funded project is.
From what I saw during my travels as a community college journalist seven years ago, these facilities will easily surpass those of several local colleges and will be the envy of every local high school within miles.
This will definitely be a decision helper when a family is deciding what school to attend for their athletic needs.
Walking with Vice Principal Cruz, we ran into another staff member named Cruz, who coincidently happened to be the other half of this husband-wife teaching team.
David Cruz is an assistant football coach and joined the teaching staff at the same time as Principal Cruz back in 2002.
Both met in Oklahoma when David was stationed at Fort Sill, an Army base north of Oklahoma City.
After starting a family, they both agreed to move nearer to David’s roots in Pico Rivera. Now they have been here for over 16 years and have seen all three of their daughters go through the educational program at John Glenn, graduating as Eagles.
The athletic fields themselves are expected to be ready sometime in May of 2019.
“We hope that our graduating class will be the first to use the stadium,” said Vice Principal Cruz.
The athletic teams have found other temporary facilities to use like converting a class room into a weight room and having football practice across the street at Southeast Academy.
Add in the newly designed and rebuilt Don Knabe Golf Center and Junior Academy across the street and John Glenn is in a position to provide top notch training and playing facilities in all mainstream and some lesser followed sports.
All in all, the facilities at John Glenn are a great addition to the Norwalk high school campus.