Saddleback Valley Unified School District trustees officially opened the doors Friday to the new Trabuco Hills High School.
Although the school went into use earlier this month, it was officially dedicated in a ceremony Friday afternoon while its students attended class. The $8-million facility, the fourth high school to serve the growing Saddleback Valley area, has 21 classrooms, including three computer labs.
The school opened with 820 ninth-, 10th- and 11th-graders but is expected to grow to 950 students next year with the addition of a senior class, according to Principal William Brand.
“We’re trying to open up a school that represents 1985 with a foundation of high technology and academic solidity,” Brand said in expressing the district’s high hopes for the new facility.
As part of its high-tech program, Trabuco Hills has at its disposal 80 Macintosh business computers donated by Apple Inc. The machines will be used for instruction in word processing and computer repair.
“We and all the districts in the county are very excited about the potential use of equipment in this school, " said Linda Orozco, technology and resources supervisor for the Orange County Department of Education.