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Poly’s Campus Reimagined in New Master Plan

Poly’s Campus Reimagined in New Master Plan

A new campus master plan for Polytechnic High School lays out a sweeping vision for the home of scholars and champions.

The plan, unveiled at a town hall event held at Poly on Nov. 15, includes renovations scheduled in LBUSD’s current school modernization timeline and planned upgrades under the District’s new Measure Q bond.

Upgrades are expected to begin in the 2024-25 school year with construction of a new, three-story classroom building featuring a simulation lab for the school’s medical pathway and other immersive learning spaces. The building will serve as interim student housing as new air conditioning, technology upgrades, and accessibility and seismic improvements are made to the school’s aging structures.

Several state-of-the-art academic facilities are outlined in the master plan, including a new building for students enrolled in the school’s drama and award-winning music programs. Outdoor spaces for collaborative learning are also planned.

Poly’s new aquatic center is expected to break ground in 2028, and conversion of the school’s natatorium into a two-story gym is slated to begin the following year. The master plan calls for an expanded ball field to make room for a new softball diamond and tennis courts with spectator seating located on the roof of one of two new parking structures. A new outdoor plaza will commemorate Poly’s numerous CIF and state titles.

The school’s last major renovation was completed in 2017. Poly’s then 87-year-old auditorium was retrofitted for increased seismic safety and upgraded with new audio, lighting, plumbing, air conditioning and heating systems. A new acoustical ceiling, elevator and wheelchair lifts, restrooms and a fresh coat of paint were added to the building’s interior. District staff worked closely with Long Beach Heritage to preserve the building’s historic features.

Planned renovations will also retain other historical elements at Poly.

Additional campus enhancements in the master plan include a new, three-story administration and classroom building, a food services facility, a student drop-off area that will run the length of Jackrabbit Lane, and a wellness garden for students and staff.

Slides from the Nov. 15 town hall event are available at lbschoolbonds.net.