20 Oct 2014
With trumpets blaring and drums booming, Northwood High School’s marching band energized the crowd as the Irvine Unified School District Board of Education, local dignitaries and members of the public gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for Portola High School – Irvine’s highly anticipated fifth high school. More than 200 people witnessed the milestone that took place on what will be home base of the high school’s future baseball diamond.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of construction for the high school that will be located adjacent to the Orange County Great Park on land donated by FivePoint Communities.
“As we stand on top of home base, I can’t help but think that we hit a homerun today,” said Terry Walker, Irvine Unified School District Superintendent. “Portola High School represents years of hard work and embodies the unwavering dedication that Irvine has to its students’ education.”
Students living in Great Park Neighborhoods will attend Portola High School, which is set to open in 2016.
“FivePoint Communities is honored to be a part of this amazing accomplishment. This school is contributing to Irvine’s strong foundation and we are proud to provide new residents with a nationally recognized education,” said Lynn Jochim, Executive Vice President of FivePoint Communities.”
As dirt was unearthed and the band started up again – on top of home base – Portola High School fittingly found its field of dreams.