VVHS ribbon cutting

VVHS tradition gets a facelift
Posted on 08/21/2019

VICTORVILLE — The region’s oldest high school is looking like the new kid on the block these days.


Victor Valley High School celebrated the grand opening of a new administration and multi-use building Tuesday evening with a ceremony at the Mojave Drive campus.


Victor Valley Union High School District board members Jose Berrios, Barbara Dew and Penny Edmiston were joined by VVUHSD Superintendent Dr. Ron Williams and VVHS drama teacher Jennifer Nocera in cutting the ceremonial ribbon in front of the two-story building that has dramatically increased the school’s curb appeal.


VVHS Principal Nancy Noyer could not attend due to a family bereavement, so longtime VVHS graphic arts teacher Rick Garcia emceed the event. 


Garcia said working at VVHS “taught me about pride and tradition.” The legacy stretches back to 1915, when the first high school in the fledgling Victor Valley opened its doors, albeit at a different location. The school has been at its current site since the 1950s. 


Garcia honored the school’s history by designing two enormous window decals that depict the classic Jackrabbit logo on one side and the “V” on the other.


“This is one of the longest projects I can remember (in the district),” Berrios said, “but it is also one of the nicest.”


In her speech, Dew said the building was part of a 10-year plan of construction projects that included Silverado High’s sports complex, the Adelanto High campus, the new University Preparatory campus, Cobalt Institute of Math & Science, and the new gymnasium at Hook Junior High. Victor Valley High also saw the installation of a new synthetic football field and track last school year.


Dew also mentioned the elephant in the room: a neon green color that adorns parts of the building and has received mixed reviews from VVHS alums who may prefer the school’s classic kelly green or the more muted dark green shade on other parts of the building.     


But Dew, a VVHS grad herself, said she’s grown to like the color because it represents “the future” — a fresh new take on the VVHS legacy. 


Indeed, many current students seem to like the bright green, according to Noyer in an interview last week. Noyer also said many visiting graduates are drawn to a small patch of grass behind the building, which was refurbished as part of the project.


“The grads want to look at the building for just a minute,” Noyer said. “But the highlight of their trip is the senior lawn. So many memories were made on that lawn. It’s fun to see that excitement.”


Nocera has been teaching VVHS’ renowned drama program for two decades without a performing arts center of her own. She and one of her students spoke to the crowd about how the new theatre will enrich the experience of VVHS students and the community. 


In addition to administrative offices and the performing arts center, the building will house classrooms, meeting space, the student store, the front reception office and more. 


“The project brings a new feel to this proud and historical campus,” Dr. Williams said. “Victor Valley High is taking its long and storied tradition into the 21st century and beyond.”


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