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State-of-the-art new high school opens in Palm Springs USD

  • The administration building at Palm Springs USD’s new technologically advanced Rancho Mirage High School.
  • The main lobby of the administration building at Rancho Mirage High School.
  • The Helene Galen Center for the Performing Arts at the new high school, which houses a 600-seat main stage theater.

Students at the new Rancho Mirage High School will be learning in a state-of-the-art performing arts center, cutting-edge science labs, and a complete culinary arts kitchen.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. completed the $100 million high school in July for Palm Springs USD in southern California. The 332,000-square-foot school, which opens this September, was built on more than 60 acres in the city of Rancho Mirage, and will help alleviate overcrowding in the district’s three other high schools.

The school is starting with about 800 freshmen and sophomores, and is expected to reach its full capacity of 2,300 students in all four grades by the 2015-2016 school year.

“We wanted to provide students with a healthy, productive learning environment that doubles as a teaching tool,” says Julie Arthur, executive director of facilities planning and design for the district. “Buildings are just the brick-and-mortar part of a public education, but they set the tone for the students who walk through the doors to learn.”