Temecula Valley High School (TVHS) celebrated the teardown and reconstruction of their football field with a huge community celebration that included Mayor Maryann Edwards, school board members of the Temecula Valley Unified School District, and school administrators. Also attending was Bud Kane, the Golden Bears’ ‘original’ football coach and his defensive coordinator and assistant Coach Jim Nolen (TVHS’ longest tenured coach) as well as new head football coach Rick Mey from Arizona.
The festivities included TVHS’ band and cheer teams, food trucks, a dj, and a golf ball drop with the winner taking home $500. Proceeds from the event benefit TVHS football. The “Last 100” was a final walk of the field in honor of all the “great students and faculty that have graced that field!”
The groundbreaking commemorated the start of the year-long project to replace the field and track. The multi-million dollar project was made possible by the community support of Measure “Y”, a ten-year $165 million bond that provides the necessary funds for school capital improvements. The TVUSD board prioritized the upgrade to all-weather tracks and fields at Chaparral and Temecula Valley High Schools as having the greatest potential impact. Technology projects are also at the top of the list. The district has over $332 million in potential facilities project needs, including a new middle school and high school in French Valley.
The city’s oldest field will be done first. Temecula Valley High School was the city’s first public high school, opening in 1985, part of the Elsinore Unified School District at that time. TVHS opened with 350 students and 17 teachers. The school now serves 2800 students with 118 teachers. Recent upgrades to TVHS’ original facilities include a multi-million dollar gymnasium and state-of-the-art performing arts theatre.
“We’re back where we started,” reminisced Coach Kane. “We practiced on Temecula Elementary School fields and drove up two lane roads and dirt roads to play our home games at Elsinore High.”
TVHS will not have the use of their field this year and will be playing most of their home games at Great Oak.
Temecula has two other large public high schools. Chaparral High School opened in 1997; Great Oak High School is celebrating its tenth year of existence. Work on the Chaparral field and track will begin next year following completion of the TVHS’ field and track. The projects were staggered to diminish the burden on district facilities that will be shared during the projects’ duration.
“We’ve been waiting for this for a very long time,” said Susan Bieber, Booster Club secretary. “We are very excited that it’s actually happening!”