New HS in Rancho Mirage Plans to Leave a Mark with Performing Arts
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RANCHO MIRAGE - Hundreds showed up to the dedication ceremony for the brand new state-of-the-art high school in Rancho Mirage and from the looks of it, the school is bound to have a positive impact in the community. In fact, parents say the high school is a slam dunk. "It's beautiful and it looks like they have everything that we're looking for,” says mom Mary Hawkins.
Principal at Rancho Mirage High School Dr. Ken Wagner says the school will have two primary focuses. The first is performing arts. "We'll build the backstage, we'll build the onstage. We'll have music, theatre, choir and dance all together,” says Wagner. Some students say that’s the main reason they wanted to attend the school. "I just love performing and it's great being in front of people and I love singing and dancing and acting,” says one student. "I’m into music and I heard that's one of the big pathway's here,” says another student.
The second program will be a culinary program. "It prepares kids for their internships in their senior here and then out to work or out to their local college. The College of the Desert also has a culinary program,” says Wagner.
The high school will only admit about 800 freshman and sophomores the first year. "We want to teach the 9th and 10th graders how to behave socially, so then they can teach the incoming freshman how to act and be leaders for the school,” says Wagner. Something the students appreciate. "It’s less being like we own this school and more about people being equal,” says one incoming freshman. By the time the school is at full capacity from 9th-12th grade, nearly 1,800 students will attend.
Another perk: Wagner says much of the school will be in the shade 75% of the time. "The design of the school was very though out and planned,” says Wagner. If you thought only students in the boundary could attend, think again. "It’s really open to any student in the valley. Even a student that lives in Indo can cove over and transfer,” says Wagner.
There are also concerns over traffic near the school because, right now, there is only one entrance into the school. Wagner says by the time school starts, construction on Rattler will be finished and the road will continue down to 30th allowing for more access into the school.