Denny — RMCHS

City and education leaders, Reedley Middle College High School students and staff and community representatives turned out for the April 3 grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new campus in the northwest portion of Reedley College.

Less than 13 months after the first ceremonial shovel hit the ground, the new Reedley Middle College High School was formally dedicated the morning of April 3 before a large crowd of education, city and community leaders — and a group of eager students ready to move into their new home.

The hour-long festivities were capped by another ceremony — members of the Kings Canyon Unified School District board, student reps and educational leaders — cutting a ribbon to pave the way for tours of the new campus. Attendees checked out the brand-new classrooms, labs, offices and outdoor areas.

John Campbell, KCUSD superintendent, called it a “great day” for Reedley and those who teamed in making the facility a reality – KCUSD and Reedley College, the State Center Community College District and the city of Reedley.

“Days like this happen because of hard-working people who put kids first,” he said.

Campbell also praised the initial vision of Juan Garza, retired KCUSD superintendent, in quickly bringing the concept of the school to reality. The school takes ninth graders and provides them a high school education along with college instruction. A typical student can earn enough units for an associate’s degree by the time they finish high school.

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