I nominate that San Diego High School’s “Whole Site Modernization Project” receive an Onion for Historic Preservation. San Diego High School is described as “San Diego’s oldest high school” according to the article with “140 years of history”, but according to the video “3-D flyover” news release, the older buildings will be demolished and completely rebuilt rather than restored or renovated. Although the historic location is utilized, nothing else appears to be preserved. San Diego Unified School District’s Propositions S and Z, and Measure YY are local bond measures approved by San Diego voters to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood schools. I am not opposed to modernization, and might have also nominated it for an Orchid Award, if it were built on a separate vacant lot. However, I prefer more landscape architecture, retaining the baseball fields and other open spaces, and selectively revitalizing certain buildings rather than demolishing all the original buildings. Perhaps one of the more prominent historic buildings could be converted into a small museum to house alumni memorabilia from famous San Diego High School alumni, such as Kate Sessions of Balboa Park.
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San Diego High School, 1405 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
San Diego Unified School District
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