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Pacific Ridge School Breaks Ground on Athletic Center as Sports Program Continues Growth and Success

Years Ahead of Schedule, Carlsbad Non-Profit, Independent School Surpasses Fundraising Goals to Continue Campus Expansion; Launches Second Phase of Breaking New Ground Campaign to Support Growing Number of Student Athletes.

Carlsbad, CA, April 10, 2011 --( Pacific Ridge School has reached a new milestone in its plans for campus expansion: the groundbreaking of its Athletic Center. The Carlsbad non-profit, independent school, which opened in 2007 and includes grades 7-12, reached this goal early thanks to the tremendous success of Phase One of its Breaking New Ground Campaign and the early completion of the High School building last September.

The 35,236 sq. foot Athletic Center will be one of the largest and most state-of-the-art high school athletic centers in the county. Construction will begin in April and will include three regulation basketball courts, a training room, dance/yoga studio, state-of-the-art weight and conditioning room, coaches’ offices, locker rooms and showers, kitchenette for concessions, bleachers capable of seating 500 fans, and an outdoor viewing deck of the Astroturf field. The lobby will also act as a Hall of Fame, showcasing trophies for athletic, academic, and arts achievements.

Most importantly, the facility will give Pacific Ridge a “home” for athletics, according to Athletic Director Darren Lawlor. “More than 80 percent of Pacific Ridge School students play one or more sports, which is a real tribute to the Pacific Ridge School community, including our coaches, faculty, staff, parents, and supporters. This new Athletic Center will enable Pacific Ridge School to continue developing well-rounded students in academics, sports, community service and the arts.”

Together, the middle and high schools offer 12 sports and 43 teams, ranging from basketball, volleyball, flag football, and lacrosse, to cross country, soccer, tennis and, most recently, golf. Since its opening in 2007, Pacific Ridge has had six undefeated seasons, competed in regional and state playoffs, and brought home seven championship trophies. This year, Pacific Ridge School became a member of the Coastal Conference, one of the most competitive independent high school leagues in the state. Pacific Ridge School was also the first school in San Diego County to adopt the Positive Coaching Alliance, a program out of Stanford University which develops an “Honor the Game” culture amongst students, parents, and coaches within the school community.

The Athletic Center, designed by Carrier Johnson & Culture, was designed for community events beyond athletics and will include an operable dividing curtain between courts, acoustically absorptive wall panels, and a curvilinear lobby with an informal seating area. The facility will adopt many of the design elements of the school’s High School building, with simple and functional features such as passive cooling and ventilation, solar tubes and skylights, and retractable walls that open the lobby to the outside. The construction will be managed by the Downey Group, and built by J.E. Grant General Contractors, Inc.

The School recently launched Phase Two of the Breaking New Ground Campaign, code named Break a Sweat, a $10,000,000 comprehensive campaign to support the construction of the new Athletic Center, and other programmatic elements of the School. Pacific Ridge School has already received $4.7 million in leadership gifts in support of the campaign from Trustees, parents, and foundations.

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About Pacific Ridge School
Opened in the fall of 2007, Pacific Ridge School is a non‐profit, independent middle and high school located in the North County, San Diego. With the distinctive mission of building a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge offers a first-rate educational experience to prepare students for college and a purposeful life. For more information, visit Pacific Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other administered programs.

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Caroline Callaway
(949) 218-5454

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