For those who by no means took a lot discover of an getting older cottage that has been sitting vacant for many years on the Redondo Union Excessive Faculty campus, you’ll now.
With a recent coat of deep pink paint, full renovations in and out, and the dedication of volunteers and donors, the small home and one-time janitorial area throughout from the varsity auditorium has been reworked into an enthralling new house for generations of Sea Hawks to collect and reminisce.
The Redondo Union Excessive Faculty Alumni Home is nearly full, based on volunteers. Will probably be unveiled to the general public with a grand opening bash appropriately scheduled for homecoming, Oct. 6.
The entire concept happened three years in the past or so, stated Carl Dreizler, a proud graduate of the category of 1972.
“We thought, we have now all this memorabilia from 113 years of Redondo Excessive, wouldn’t it’s nice if we might flip that vacant home into an alumni home?” stated Dreizler, board president of the nonprofit later shaped to take care of it.
The challenge stalled when an preliminary quote for repairs got here in at $one hundred eighty,000, stated Principal Jens Brandt.
However, seeing the keenness amongst Redondo alumni, he determined to type a committee to leap-begin the trouble.
‘Lengthy and distinctive historical past’
“I can’t think about there are lots of public highschool campuses which have an alumni home,” Brandt stated. “As a result of we do have this lengthy and distinctive historical past right here at Redondo, we actually need to have fun it and create this reference to our alumni.”
Redondo Unified Superintendent Steven Keller contacted Sharefest, a San Pedro nonprofit that works on group tasks, and the group introduced in The Morgan Group, a Torrance actual property firm specializing in transforming craftsman houses.
With their assist, the undertaking’s price ticket and time line have been reduce in half. The nonprofit Redondo Union Alumni Home started fundraising final yr and development started in June.
The home will host occasions coinciding with homecomings and sophistication reunions set towards a backdrop of shows full of yearbooks, letterman jackets, copies of the Excessive Tide scholar newspaper and different items of Sea Hawks nostalgia, Dreizler stated.
Faculty officers are nonetheless making an attempt to trace down metropolis data to find the historical past of the home itself. They estimate it’s at the least eighty years previous.
“Primarily the campus was constructed round the home,” Brandt stated. “We now have these nice black and white aerial…